“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”
“That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.”
“Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”
“Those commitments also ensure Israel’s well-being as a Jewish state by making clear that Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel.”
“Without a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem outside the borders of Israel, no territorial concession will bring peace.”
“Equally, the Palestinians, and not just the United States, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and any peace agreement with them must end all claims against Israel.”
I remember well the reports during the Presidential campaign from media outlets expressing confidently that Barack Hussein Obama was his own man, that the virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements made by Obama’s pastor of 20 years and by others affiliated with the church he attended and gave most of his charitable contributions to, would have no impact or influence over the man or his policies.
To which after today we should all be saying… bovine fecal matter.
The most radical President in history has just shored up those credentials by throwing Israel under the bus and by in effect siding with those sworn to see Israel destroyed.
This will not lead to peace. Quite the contrary. This President has stoked the fires.
Some might say purposely and nefariously.
UPDATE: Hamas has weighed in and incredibly are saying that Obama’s offer falls short.