Israelis protest Obama ME speech

PressTV | Mon May 23, 2011 12:34PM

US President Barack Obama
Israeli demonstrators have gathered in front of the American embassy in Tel Aviv to protest US President Barack Obama’s call on Israel for fresh negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

The protesters claimed on Sunday that accepting talks with the Palestinian Authority based on the borders that existed prior to the 1967 Six-Day War is tantamount to suicide for the Israeli regime.

They voiced their opposition to Obama’s Thursday speech on the Middle East in which he called for a “full and phased withdraw of Israeli forces” from “occupied Palestinian lands.”

The protesters held banners that read “Israel can’t be divided,” The Jerusalem Post reported late Sunday.

“The goal of this vigil is to tell Obama that Israel is not going to commit suicide… we are here to stay. We are not giving up our homeland,” said one of the demonstrators.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been expelled from their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as countries in the region and worldwide since the 1948 Israeli occupation.

Consequently, the Israeli regime has encouraged the immigration of Jews from all over the world to the occupied Palestinian lands.

The Palestinians oppose any Israeli presence in their future state, saying they will ask the United Nations to recognize their independence in September.

The Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah agreed recently on mechanisms for the formation of a unity government, enraging the Tel Aviv regime and its arch-sponsor, the United States. The two factions signed a unity agreement earlier this month and vowed to hold presidential and legislative elections within a year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected any notion of Israel even considering a withdrawal from territories it seized in 1967.

Netanyahu told Obama at a White House summit on Friday that the 1967 borders would leave Israel “indefensible.”

Moreover, Obama said in an address at the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday that he would stand against any UN effort to create an independent Palestinian state.

The US president renewed his administration’s commitment to “Israel’s security as the homeland for the Jewish people” and said the United States supported a two-state solution with “mutually-agreed swaps.”

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