Obama: The Palestinian state will not be based on 1967 borders

[ 22/05/2011 – 10:03 PM ]

WASHINGTON, (PIC)– US President Barak Obama backed down on what he said on Thursday about establishing a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders after Zionist pressures.

Despite the fact that Obama talked about his commitment to Israeli security and a non-militarised Palestinian state within the 1967-borders with agreed land swaps, Zionists were not happy with Netanyahu rejecting the notion of a withdrawal from the West Bank saying that the 1967 borders were not defensible.

Speaking Sunday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Obama sought to clarify what he meant by 1967-borders in his speech on Thursday.

“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,” Obama said. “It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. It allows the parties themselves to take account of those changes, including the new demographic realities on the ground, and the needs of both sides.”

“The ultimate goal is two states for two people,” he said, “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.”

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to Israel’s security: “It’s why, despite tough fiscal times, we’ve increased foreign military financing to record levels. Make no mistake about it, we will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge,” he said.

He said that he will pressure Hamas to recognise Israel, renounce violence and commit to signed agreements.

He also called on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit ignoring the fact that there are 7000 Palestinian captives in Israeli occupation jails

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