Graphic - Israel and the surrounding area:
Yesterday, Obama delivered his second outreach speech to the Islamic world. In his speech, Obama proposed that Israel return to pre-1967 borders as a gesture of peace to the Pseudostinians and to further the two-state solution.
Predictably, instead of a willingness to negotiate with Israel, Hamas has dubbed Obama's speech as "total failure." From this source:
President Barack Obama's Mideast policy speech Thursday was a "total failure," Hamas said Thursday evening.Congressman Allen West's press release yesterday explains what a return to pre-1967 borders would mean for the nation of Israel:
"The (Arab) nation does not need a lesson on democracy from Obama," said Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu-Zuhri. "Rather, Obama is the one who needs the lesson given his absolute endorsement of Israel's crimes and his refusal to condemn Israel's occupation."
"We will not recognize the Israeli occupation under any circumstances," the Hamas spokesman said, while adding: "We object to intervention in our internal affairs.
"Today's endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.Read the rest of Congressman West's statement HERE.
From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, controlled by Jordan's Arab army.
The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world's Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism...."
Surely, Obama has read The Charter of Hamas! In part, that charter, the mission statement of Hamas, reads as follows in Article 28:
...The Arab states surrounding Israel are required to open their borders to the Jihad fighters, the sons of the Arab and Islamic peoples, to enable them to play their role and to join their efforts to those of their brothers among the Muslim Brothers in Palestine. The other Arab and Islamic states are required, at the very least, to facilitate the movement of the Jihad fighters from and to them. We cannot fail to remind every Muslim that when the Jews occupied Holy Jerusalem in 1967 and stood at the doorstep of the Blessed Aqsa Mosque, they shouted with joy: “Muhammad is dead, he left daughters behind.” Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims....According to Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations:
"Frankly, the 1967 lines are not defensible. Israel today is 45 miles wide, you put us back to the 1967 lines, we are 8 miles wide. The state of Israel can’t be defended with those dimensions."http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifWhy in the world did Obama propose that Israel return to pre-1967 borders? What are his motives in making such a statement?
Additional reading: Silverfiddles's essay "Is Obama Stupid, an Israel Hater, or Both?"