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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Obama admin feigns objectivity on I-P conflict for the cameras, but Israel-first policy already set

U.S. already affirmed ’67 borders–only to have Obama backtrack

(Palestine State of Mind) -- by Alex Kane --

President Barack Obama is set to deliver a hotly anticipated speech tomorrow to "argue that the political upheaval [in the Arab world] raises the prospect for progress on all fronts, and will offer 'some specific new ideas about U.S. policy toward the region,'" the New York Times reports. And according to a report in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth, Obama will "call upon Israel to withdraw to the 1967 lines, with border alterations that will be agreed upon with the Palestinian Authority"--a move that would "disturb" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But perhaps Netanyahu has little to worry about. The Obama administration has already backtracked on the 1967 borders in private meetings with Palestinian officials, according to documents released by Al Jazeera as part of the "Palestine Papers." The backtracking on the 1967 lines came despite an an affirmation in the Bush administration-backed "Road Map" on Middle East peace that the '67 borders would be the border for Israel and a Palestinian state...MORE...LINK

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