May 21, 2011

"Contiguous"

My "blogfather" John Rosenberg picks up on a verrrrry interesting point in The Messiah's mid-east speech from Thursday -- one that is easily missed, and was missed back in 2009 when he said the same thing:

So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.

Take a gander at the following map -- the diagonal lines denote the territory Israel won in the 1967 Six Day War:

Can anyone fill us in on precisely how a sovereign Palestine can achieve contiguous status from the Golan Heights, through the West Bank on to Gaza ... without drastically affecting not only Israel's extant territory but more importantly its security?

Many people have been (are) comparing Obama to the pathetic Jimmy Carter. And they're right more than they know: Former Carter secretary of state Cyrus Vance says that if Carter had won re-election in 1980, he "planned to sell out Israel."


Posted by Hube at May 21, 2011 08:23 AM | TrackBack

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Question: And why does the Jewish vote in America usually turn primarily Democratic?

Posted by: cardinals fan at May 21, 2011 11:54 AM

Actually, there is a way that might suit Obama and the Palestinians, Hube -- Confine the Jews to the Negev and give the Palestinians the rest.

That is, of course, unacceptable.

But if they want to consider the matter from the point of view of pre1967 maps, I have a suggestion.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at May 21, 2011 05:26 PM

There is a way. Give them part of Jordan. Hey if everyone has to give something why not have Jordan give up something too?

They've been offered statehood 8 times and 8 times refused. This issue is dead until a new President is in office.

Posted by: Duffy at May 22, 2011 11:03 AM

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