Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders
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05/19/11 wire reports including AP
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President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel's prime minister has rejected that, saying return to the borders before Israel occupied the Palestinian territories would spell disaster for the Jewish state.

Obama outlined U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa in a speech today.

"The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves and reach their full potential in a sovereign and contiguous State. As for security, every state has the right to self defense and Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism. To stop the infiltration of weapons and to provide effective border security. The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign non-militarized State."

Until today, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel's desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.

Obama’s stand could set the stage for a tense meeting tomorrow when Netanyahu goes to the White House.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is quietly expanding its defense ties with a country not mentioned in his policy speech. There is a little-known project to develop an elite force to protect Saudi Arabia’s oil riches and future nuclear sites. The U.S. also is in discussions with Saudi Arabia to create a missile defense system with greater capability against the regional rival the Saudis fear most: Iran. And it is with Iran mainly in mind that the Saudis are pressing ahead with a historic $60 billion arms deal that will provide dozens of new U.S.-built F-15 combat aircraft.

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Here's the full text of Obama's speech

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Look out Benjamin… IT’S A TRAP!!!

Uhhh… excuse me Mr. President… you say “…a sovereign and contiguous State…”??? How do you get contiguity with Gaza and the West Bank??? Do you intend to force Israel to give up a corridor of land connecting the West Bank and Gaza??? That’s been a "Palestinian" demand for years and would cut Israel in half. You want Israel to give back some land??? They did… it’s called the Sinai Peninsula!!! Look… if the “Palestinians” in Gaza have a gripe… they need to address it with Egypt. They’re the ones that screwed them by initiating an act of war against Israel. Likewise, if the “Palestinians” in the West Bank have a gripe… they need to address it with Jordan. Jordan screwed them by signing on with Egypt during the blockade of the Straits of Tiran. It was kinda like when the Nazi’s and the Fascist’s signed on together. And what a coincidence… they all have the same attitude towards the Hebrews!!! Which reminds me… back on point… why does the “Chosen People” still vote Democrat??? What… you guys trying to show us you still have a sense of humor???

Way to dodge a bullet Bibi…

Mr. Prime Minister… I would like to thank you for not back-handing our President in the mouth. Please forgive him… sometimes… he forgets who he says he is.

Politically virgin

He should have stayed with the "Arab Spring."

Hail to the Chief…

Mr. President… thank you for the AIPAC speech and the “clarifications”!!! Now… Mr. Abbas… Mr. Netanyahu… Mr. Tantawi… and you also King Abdullah… it’s time for “Beer Summit II”.