By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
President Barack Obama drew some harsh criticism from the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, after his comment last week to return to the 1967 borders. Like it or not, the President is trying to jump start peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Yesterday, the President tried to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Israel during a speech he gave to AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee). I listened to the entire speech, and I have to admit, it was one of President Obama’s best since he’s been in office. When it came to the 1967 Israeli borders, he said this, “And since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means. By definition, it means that the parties themselves -– Israelis and Palestinians -– will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. . . . The ultimate goal is two states for two people: Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people — and the State of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people — each state in joined self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.” (Click here for the complete text of the speech.)
The Palestinians are hoping the United Nations will grant them independence in September of 2011. (Click here to read more on this story.) It is a self-imposed deadline and, peace deal or no peace deal, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ask the U.N. to recognize the state of Palestine. One insurmountable problem is the recent unification of the two Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah (PA). Hamas is considered a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel. That is one very big sticking point and, I think, a deal breaker right out of the box. Retired Major General Yitzhak Gershon said yesterday on FOX News that this combination “. . . will continue the conflict forever.”
Meanwhile, UPI is reporting more protests are being planned by Palestinian groups. The story yesterday reported, “A Palestinian group Sunday said more protests were being planned along Israel’s borders and warned it is “just the beginning.” . . . The committee called for peaceful marches next month “to the borders of historic Palestine,” the news agency said.” (Click here to read the entire UPI story.) A little more than a week ago, on the Israeli, Syrian and Lebanon border, protests were anything but “peaceful.” A Daily Mail story said, “Israeli troops today clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders, including the frontier with Syria, leaving 16 people dead and dozens more wounded in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for their defeat at Israel’s hands in 1948.” (Click here for the complete Daily Mail story.)
On the Israeli side, there are certain territories that will not be given up because of their strategic importance. The Golan Heights on Israel’s Northeast border were part of Syria before the “Six-Day War” in 1967. This mountainous region has peaks that are 3,000 to 4,000 feet high and were used to fire down upon Israel. It is hard to believe that Israel would give this up even with the recently deployed “Iron Dome” rocket defense system that is successfully knocking out enemy projectiles. (Click here to read more about the Iron Dome.)
Then, there are protests by right-wing Israelis that are totally against trading any land for peace. Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported, “Right-wing activists demonstrate holding banner “Israel can’t be divided” referring to proposal for negotiations based on 1967 lines.” (Click here for more from the Jerusalem Post.)
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could hold hands and work out a lasting peace deal? What is happening is just the opposite– the two sides are moving farther apart instead of closer together. I applaud the President for trying to get a peace deal, but you cannot have peace if both sides are not even talking. Israel has the most sophisticated and the best armed military in the entire Middle East. (And yes it has nuclear weapons, too.) If a war breaks out involving Israel, it would be the wild card of wild cards. There would be no way to predict an exact outcome, but it would surely be a disaster for the entire world.