President Obama’s Speech on Mideast Policy
The Rush To Judgement
As one might expect, PBS took special care to make a video of President Barack H. Obama‘s May 19th speech Obama Lays Out U.S. Policy on Arab World Amid Uprisings available on YouTube.
This section of Obama’s speech got most of the publicity.
So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and 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. 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 potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state. (from here) Continue reading “AN EXAGGERATED PERSPECTIVE ON A POTENTIAL PROBLEM? — PART 1”