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Follow us on: Advanced Search Middle East Obama says U.S. will oppose U.N. acts against Israel May 19, 2011 08:00 PM (Last updated: May 19, 2011 09:06 PM) Reuters
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected what he called an effort to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September.
In a Middle East speech, Obama went further than he has in the past in laying out the parameters of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, but stopped short of laying out a formal U.S. peace plan.
He said any agreement creating a state of Palestine must be based on a 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. He said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable.
"For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won't create an independent state," he said. Home Middle East Comments
Ted Rudow III, MA May 19, 2011 08:45 PM
Dear Editor: Special Envoy George Mitchell resigned, clearly angry at the lack of support his peace efforts received from the White House, and his resignation letter was about as curt and cold as any in recent memory. The announcement followed reports that the president's speech today on the Middle East will, amazingly, say virtually nothing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Obama administration intends to avoid deviation from the AIPAC/Netanyahu blueprint. Obama will "stress the importance of the U.S.-Israeli relationship," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, describing that partnership as an "unshakable bond." Now it is blatantly adopting a policy that deeply grieves the very Arab democrats it supposedly champions.
The U.S. was trying to mediate a "road map to peace" between Israel and the Palestinians, but it's been a complete dead-end so far. There's not even a road there, no sort of pathway that would lead toward peace, so I don't know if you could even say it went so far as a dead-end, much less to the point where any sort of map would be required. It's just been a flat-out failure!