Friday, May 20, 2011

Israeli PM Rejects 1967 Borders Pullout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US President Barack Obama's call for withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories to the 1967 borders. Netanyahu also rejected any pullout from East al-Quds (Jerusalem). "Those borders are not defensible," and the establishment of a Palestinian state must not come "at Israel's expense,"Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying on Friday.

In his Middle East policy speech on Thursday, President Obama called for the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the lines before the 1967 Mideast war.

"We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," said Obama. Israel captured the West Bank, East al-Quds and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war.



  1. This may get me in trouble with people who otherwise would ordinarily agree with me, but:
    I’ll sign off on the Palestinian state (something that’s taken me a while to come around to) and I’ll sign off on the ’67 borders with some exceptions — not for large settlements of right-wing extremists, but if there are a few little bumps on the map here and there that would make Israel more militarily defensible. I would hope to see those as last-minute inclusions in the negotiating process.
    Assuming there is going to be a negotiating process, of course.

  2. Obama’s plan for a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders was welcomed by key global players Friday including the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, the Palestinians and parts of the Arab world.


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