Aipac Policy Conference 2011
May 24, 2011 by staff
Aipac Policy Conference 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said imposing their point of view of a future of peace in the Middle East in a speech before Congress on Tuesday and reaffirmed Israel would never return to its old boundaries close.
“I’m going to outline a vision for a secure peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Israeli leader said Monday on his right planned to address a joint session of Congress. “I have the intention of telling the unvarnished truth. Now more than ever we need clarity.”
In the annual policy conference of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group of pro-Israel lobby, Netanyahu seemed to keep alive a public dispute with President Barack Obama on the shape of a future Palestine.
(A peace agreement) should leave Israel with security, and so Israel can not return to the indefensible 1967, “he said, repeating a term that was used in a meeting with irritable Obama in the White House on Friday.
Obama drew the ire Israel a day earlier when he said that a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, in large measure must be developed along the lines that existed before the 1967 war in which Israel captured those areas and East Jerusalem.
On Sunday, Obama unveiled the plan at its own address AIPAC on Sunday. But it seemed that the Israeli somewhat controversial when Israel made clear it is likely that they can negotiate keeping some settlements as part of a land swap in any final agreement with the Palestinians.
The peace talks are frozen, largely on the question of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Neither Netanyahu nor Obama has offered a concrete plan to try to revive.
Netanyahu has a mostly sympathetic ear in Congress, where lawmakers of a few in either party to speak for the Palestinians, with the edge of decades of close ties to the United States and Israel.
“Supporting Israel does not divide America, joining the United States. He joins the old and young, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans,” said Netanyahu to AIPAC.
“Netanyahu will most likely try to tone down the perceived differences between his position and the president, because of disagreements with President Obama have become counterproductive to both and ultimately undermine Israel’s own interests,” said Haim Malka of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
But Republicans in Congress, including leaders in the House of Representatives, are not about to abandon his criticism of the Democratic chairman of the new vision articulated in the Middle East.
House Republican leader Eric Cantor said Monday that Obama’s remarks on the Middle East’s borders to the left “most Americans … just questioning what kind of strategy there. It makes no sense to compel a democratic ally of the our in negotiating with a terrorist organization now “on land swaps.
Cantor was referring to a unity agreement last month between Fatah movement, Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, an Islamist group to reach the United States as a terrorist organization.
Office Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would file a resolution saying it is not U.S. policy for the return of Israel to the borders of the 1967 borders.
Speculation has been high in Israel that Netanyahu could offer new ideas on peace to try to show the flexibility and the manifestation of opposition to the plan of the Palestinians to ask the UN to recognize a Palestinian state in September.
In his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a step they fear it could affect your claim for a right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced by the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Netanyahu was first addressed a joint session of Congress in 1996 during his first term as prime minister.
While Obama won the Jewish vote overwhelmingly in 2008, some prominent American Jews were rethinking their support for his re-election after this week’s events.
Israeli leaders have long considered AIPAC as a valuable support group in the United States and frequently attended its annual conventions.
List of membership of 100,000, the group has worked with Congress and the White House on foreign aid to ensure Israel and legislation to strengthen what he describes as the vital relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
AIPAC dominant voice in defense of Israel has been questioned by J Street, a pro-Israel lobby, founded in 2009.
J Street leaders said the group provides a way for liberal American Jews critical of Israeli government policies to support the Jewish state.
Unlike AIPAC, the group supports Obama’s demand that Israel freeze settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, while calling on Palestinians to end incitement and violence.
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