NYT: 'Seeking to harness the seismic political change still unfolding in the Arab world, President Obama for the first time on Thursday publicly called for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would create a non-militarized Palestinian state on the basis of Israel’s borders before the 1967 war that led to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
“At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent that ever,” he said.
Although Mr. Obama said that “the core issues” dividing Israelis and Palestinians remained to be negotiated, including the searing questions of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees, he spoke with striking frustration that efforts to support an agreement had so far failed. “The international community is tired of an endless process that never produces an outcome,” he said.'
I knew President Obama would eventually do the right thing and support a Palestinian state based on pre-67 borders. Let's not forget that President Bush also called for a Palestinian state, but he did not say it should be based on pre-67 borders. Obama's speech is courageous and this is a necessary step towards peace. The right wing in America is surely to blast Obama for "betraying" our ally Israel, as if we are supposed to agree with whatever Israel wants.
I don't know if this will lead to peace in Israel/Palestine, but it was a necessary move, at least to show the world that the US is trying to be fair, that the American President can push Israel to do the right thing. Thank you President Obama!
Update: Netanyahu Rejects Obama Call for Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders <---That was predictable. Republicans will no doubt side with Netanyahu. I wonder how many Democrats will.
PS: Mona Eltahawy gives excellent critique of Obama's speech:
Spelling it "Mona" leads to Americans mispronouncing her name. It's pronounced MUna.