Israel 1967 Borders
May 22, 2011 by staff
Israel 1967 Borders, U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday before the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC that two states for two people for the 1967 has long been U.S. policy for negotiations in the Middle East. After two days of controversy, Obama said his approval of the 1967 borders that of Israel as the basis for a Palestinian state reflects the urgent need for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
Moreover, Obama used the address to clarify his statement AIPAC in his speech in the Middle East on Thursday, emphasizing the U.S. believe in negotiations based on the 1967 borders with exchanges of mutual agreement. He clarified that he was not referring to the borders existing on June 4, 1967.
Obama said his call for a future of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with land swaps agreed to a public expression of what has been recognized in private.
Obama said he brought this to the weather due to delay will undermine the security of Israel and the prospects for peace. He repeated his speech Thursday at the borders between Israel and Palestine and security literal.
U.S. President also warned that Israel will face increasing isolation, without a credible peace process in the Middle East and said we cannot afford to wait another decade or two decades, or another three decades to achieve peace.
Obama told the crowd of supporters of Israel that the U.S. commitment with the security of Israel is “armored” and that U.S. demands Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
U.S. President also urged Hamas to release the kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.
Obama again stressed the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel and said his government “will continue to maintain Israel’s qualitative edge.”
While Obama, told the BBC on Sunday ahead of his speech to AIPAC, reaffirmed its commitment to the 1967 borders as a guide peace talks, warned the Palestinians against an appeal to the United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state and urged the future of Fatah and Hamas unity cabinet to decide on its stance on peace talks with Israel.
“They have to make a decision, first, what is the official position of a unified Palestinian Authority about how it is dealing with Israel,” Obama said, adding that “if they can not get past that barrier, which will be very difficult for a negotiation to take place. I also think that the idea that you can solve this problem in the United Nations is simply unrealistic. ”
U.S. President said he had told Palestinian officials that “whatever happens in the United Nations, will have to talk to the Israelis if they are going to have a state in which people have self-determination, adding:” You do not will be able to do an end run around the Israelis. ”
“And what I think, you know, any effort that is mounted on the United Nations will be symbolic, he said, adding that the world has” seen a lot of such symbolic efforts before. They are not something the U.S. is going to be particularly sympathetic to, simply because we think it avoids the real problems that need to be resolved between the two parties. ”
U.S. President also reiterated its support for the 1967 works as a starting point of negotiations, adding that “the truth is we were saying what I think most observers of the long history of Israeli-Palestinian conflict recognized as the obvious – which is that if we are to have any kind of peace that we have two states side by side. “
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