Netanyahu rejects withdrawal to '49 armistice linesIs this where we're heading on Friday?
Prime Minister Netanyahu's reaction to President Obama's speech on Thursday night was to reject Obama's call to return to the 1949 armistice lines, to demand a reaffirmation of President Bush's 2004 letter saying that Israel would be allowed to annex the 'settlement blocs,' to demand the the 'refugees' be settled outside of Israel and to wonder whether Barack Hussein Obama gets it.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday issued a quick response to US President Barack Obama's Middle East speech that was noticeably negative in tone.It's important to point out that the Obama administration has now rejected UN Security Council Resolution 242 - which calls for 'secure and recognized boundaries' for Israel and which purposely does not mention a return to the 1967 borders or equivalent exchange.
While thanking Obama for his commitment to peace, the statement put out by the PMO said that the establishment of a Palestinian state cannot come at Israel’s expense.
Netanyahu said he expected to hear from Obama a re-affirmation of the 2004 letter from President George W. Bush to Ariel Sharon that did not call for a return to the 1967 lines, and recognized that any agreement would take into account the changed realities on the ground -- a line interpreted by Israel to mean a recognition that Israel would hold on to the large settlement blocs.
The statement also said that the Bush letter made clear that Palestinian refugees would be absorbed in a future Palestinian state, something that was not explicitly mentioned in Obama’s speech.
“Without a solution to the refugee issue by settling them outside of Israel, the statement said, no territorial concession will end the conflict.
Referring to Obama’s statement about Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, the statement said the Palestinians, and not only the US, need to recognize that as a fact.
Netanyahu also said that he will make clear in his meeting with Obama that Israel will need to remain on the Jordan River, and that he was disappointment by Fatah’s reconciliation with Hamas.
A senior official in the PMO said following the speech he was disappointed that the president did not answer more forcefully the refugee issue.
"They don't understand the reality" the official said. There was concern in Israel that what we saw Sunday, with refugees storming border fences will occur again.
The source said that the outline Obama gave represented a situation where "the price was too high."
Meanwhile, the 'Palestinians' will not issue an official reaction until it consults with their cousins, the Arab countries.
I didn't think Obama would go this far to try to push Israel. I thought he would give up until after the elections. This speech shows that Obama is a bull-headed ideologue who is incapable of flexibility or change. God willing, he will go down to ignominious defeat next November. It can't happen soon enough.