Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu was fairly quick to reject Obama's call for a 'Palestinian' state based on the 1949 Armistice lines ( that's actually what the pre-'67 lines actually were..they were never borders).
Netanyahu has a perfectly logical reason for doing so..in a statement released today, Netanyahu said a withdrawal to the pre '67 lines would jeopardize Israel's security and leave major Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria outside Israeli borders.
"Israel appreciates President Obama's commitment to peace," the statement said. "Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state. That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004. ... Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines."
Actually, President Obama's actual speech did talk about a settlement based on the '67 lines with adjustments,which is actually a retreat to the agreement Bush and Sharon had - you know, the one Hillary and Obama swore never happened. But the harsh language Obama used towards Israel not only made Netanyahu react but Israel's many supporters here in the US as well.
You see, when the president is addressing the Israelis, it's always in the command tone about concrete demands he wants from Israel. When he addresses the Palestinians, he's not demanding anything concrete, he just says that Palestinians will get what they want if they do what he's asking.
For instance , Israel must end settlement activity. But the Palestinians should realize that
' efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure.' Not that the Palestinians must end demonizing Israel, or that the US won't support them if they fail to do so..just that it might not be such a good idea. Israel must accede to a peace settlement must be based on pre-1967 lines. But
Fatah allying with a genocidal Hamas is only 'problematical' when it comes to negotiations, not a game ender.
Half of the Democrats in Congress are already pushing for aid to be cut off to the Palestinians because of Fatah's menage with Hamas, and after today, those efforts will intensify.
And if President Obama was hoping to reassure Jewish voters and donors with today's speech and his weekend appearance before AIPAC, he really miscalculated. The true believers like J Street will still drink the Kool-ade, but some Jewish support for Obama is likely to erode.
Even worse, by telling the 'Palestinians' that 'Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state' and insisting 'Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist' he angered them as well.
Our president is a man of unique talents, if that's the word for it. He seems to be able to infuriate both sides of a given dispute almost at will.
And oh yes, I almost forgot - after our amateur president's performance today and his remarks on Yemen and Bahrain, Saudi King Abdullah probably wanted to emasculate Obama personally.
The always scintillating J.E. Dyer has more over at Hot Air