Today was a good day. This afternoon, President Obama received a verbal beat-down (in the most diplomatic way possible) from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declaring that Israel would not revert to its 1967 borders to help make way for a Palestinian state.
In a speech at the State Department yesterday, President Obama called for Israel to return to their 1967 borders, allowing both Israel and Palestine to have secure, recognized borders. This is the first president in U.S. history to ever fully endorse a Palestinian state. Prior to Obama making this speech, Netanyahu was told that there would be “no surprises” in his comments. However, according to the New York Times, Prime Minister Netanyahu found out about the call for 1967 borders just prior to the speech being made, at which time he called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, demanding that the comments be removed from the speech, a request that was obviously refused.
Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived at the White House to discuss peace negotiations with President Obama. After a 90-minute meeting, they made joint remarks in the Oval Office.
As an aside, why is it that when the leader of China, a communist regime, notoriously known for their disturbing human rights violations, comes to the White House for a visit, President Obama gives him a state dinner. But, when the prime minister of Israel, our strongest ally, comes to the White House, he gets no state dinner or red carpet treatment. It was reported that last year, during Netanyahu’s visit to the White House, that he was “left to his own devices” and ate privately. How embarrassing for our leadership. What kind of message does that send to both our allies and our enemies, not to mention the American people? I personally find it sickening. But I digress…
Netanyahu thanked President Obama for his concerns and efforts for peace, but then declared that Israel would not return to those borders of 1967, stating that the previous borders are “indefensible”.
He also compared Hamas, one faction within the Palestinian
leadership, who has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, with al Qaeda. “Hamas has just attacked you, Mr. President,
and the United States for ridding the world of bin Laden. So Israel obviously cannot be asked to negotiate
with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.”
Now, this is a strong leader, and someone who is truly looking out for the welfare of his people. If we, as a nation, turn our back on Israel, we will do so to our own detriment.
To view the entire transcript, click here.