Thursday, May 19th 2011 - 22:30 UTC

Netanyahu rejects Obama’s proposal of Palestinian state on 1967 borders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said US President Barack Obama vision of a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967 could leave the Jewish state “indefensible”.

First time a US president has gone that far (Photo AP)

In a statement after Obama's speech outlining Middle East strategy, Netanyahu said he expected Washington to allow Israel to keep major settlement blocs beyond the 1967 lines in the occupied West Bank, in any peace deal with the Palestinians.

“The viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of Israel's existence,” said a statement issued by the Israeli leader before flying to Washington for scheduled talks with Obama.

Setting out the principles of a Middle East peace settlement, Obama reaffirmed the US commitment to Israel's security. He called for a peace agreement resulting in two states, Israel and Palestine, sharing the border that existed before Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

It would include “mutually agreed land swaps”, he said. Netanyahu said he “expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of US commitments made to Israel in 2004”, an allusion to a letter by former President George W. Bush suggesting Israel may keep large settlement blocs as part of any peace deal with the Palestinians.

“Those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines,” Netanyahu added. Such a border would be “indefensible.”

Obama's blunt language about the need to find an end to Israel's occupation of Arab land looked certain to be the crunch issue in his talks with Netanyahu.

“The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation,” Obama said.
His emphasis on 1967 borders, while not a policy shift, went further than Obama has before in offering principles for resolving the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians. But he stopped short of presenting a formal US peace plan.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Obama's efforts to renew the talks with Israel that collapsed last year and made plans to convene an “emergency” session of Palestinian and Arab officials to weigh further steps, a senior aide said.

Saeb Erekat, a former chief negotiator with Israel, said that “Abbas expresses his appreciation of the continuous efforts exerted by President Obama with the objective of resuming the permanent status talks in the hope of reaching a final status agreement.”

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, brokered by Washington, collapsed last year when Netanyahu refused to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and Abbas refused to carry on negotiations.

Obama's criticism of continued Israeli “settlement activity” sent a message to Netanyahu on the eve of their talks that Washington expects the Jewish state to make concessions.
 

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1 briton (#) May 19th, 2011 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
oh come on Israeli give the poor guy a break, he has not been seen in person, or places this year, being on holiday, when the Libya crisis was going on, he’s only just lifted he’s head out of the sands, he has no clue as to what is happening, but he is trying poor chap, give him a break,
Like a [kit kat perhaps] lol.
2 Fido Dido (#) May 19th, 2011 - 11:49 pm Report abuse
Oh they did! Good job Obozo, whatever game you're playing.
3 xbarilox (#) May 20th, 2011 - 12:12 am Report abuse
I'm learning yiddish and hebrew, just in case Israel decides that la Patagonia is a better place for them. !שלום-עליכם! ברוכים־הבאים and .עס פֿרײַט מיך דיך צו קענע
4 Forgetit87 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 12:29 am Report abuse
Israel's rejection of a return to pre-1967 borders has more to do with its desire to expand its territory, not to whatever is happening right now. Even if the political landscape in the Middle East were as stable and peaceful as ever, Israel would still not renounce its claims over foreign land.
5 briton (#) May 20th, 2011 - 02:12 pm Report abuse
Israel's leader thus today, goes to the mighty states to complain,
it may be she is talking to the wrong guy, perhaps they should sit back and wait, and see if obama gets back in, just a thought .
6 Artillero601 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
@3 Funny you said that , check this video out !

youtu.be/_67Af43-iyI
7 xbarilox (#) May 20th, 2011 - 04:24 pm Report abuse
@ 6 gracias capo! no conocía ese usuario, pero qué se puede esperar de un gobierno que lo reduce todo a los hijitos de hebe pastor y el nietito de estela de carlotto mientras nos garchan a todos? Los judíos ya son dueños del sur y de nuestra guita, hasta de YPF jeje. Sólo pensar en que me van a cortar el prepucio ya me pone loco , pero vos aprendete el הבה נגילה ונשמחה cuanto antes loco
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_UKtxQ53Io&feature=related

me voy a hacer gárgaras con grapa, con la más berreta que encuentre, para pasar el kosher que me estoy comiendo.

“It would include “mutually agreed land swaps”, he said. Netanyahu said he “expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of US commitments made to Israel in 2004”, an allusion to a letter by former President George W. Bush suggesting Israel may keep large settlement blocs as part of any peace deal with the Palestinians.” Ted Turner I like Jane Fonda, but I don't like you man.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said US President Barack Obama vision of a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967 could leave the Jewish state “indefensible”. No comment.
8 Artillero601 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 05:56 pm Report abuse
@ de nada viejo!
9 GeoffWard (#) May 20th, 2011 - 07:25 pm Report abuse
Actually Obama said the the **starting point for discussion** should be the 1967 border. This is in line with the UN Resolution on the matter and states nothing new.

The linking of negotiations to the demilitarization of 'Palestine' is wishful thinking - with the power wielded by Iran through Hammas, Hizbullah and the other military/para-military regional ruling groups, this request is like singing to the moon for a win on the Lotto.

And to expect the change of ownership of the strategic Golan Heights is singing the same tune., especially as the Iranian hegemony starts to tighten the noose around this tiny-but-powerful nation.

And to give up Jerusalem is singing the same tune (Israel is not a secular nation likely to give up its chief religious city).

And to give up the off-shore oil fields is singing the same tune.

And to had over strategic Galilean water reserves is singing the same tune.

To some large extent these were won in a war *not of Israel's making* (against the massed arab nations), sometime in the last century.
To quote Abba - winner takes all.
To 'quote' Israel - We recognise the *full* text of the unanimously voted UN Resolution (summarised below); start where we are now, not from where we all were in the last century; but start with the termination of agression against Israel by our neighbours, and with the de facto and public recognition that Israel has a right to exist and exist in peace.
10 geo (#) May 20th, 2011 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
..........never say jamas .........

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