Assisted Suicide: A Retreat to the 1967 Borders

Charles Bybelezer is a correspondent for i24News, a recently-launched international television network that broadcasts out of Tel Aviv.


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As reported by the Jerusalem Post, “[Israeli] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel and the US were working on a document saying the parameters for returning to negotiations with the Palestinians would be based on the speech US President Barack Obama gave at AIPAC in May, and spelling out in greater detail what Obama meant by…a return to the 1967 lines, with mutual agreed swaps.”

In Netanyahu’s words, “We are interacting with the US to put together a document [for an agreement with the Palestinians] using language from Obama’s second speech [the AIPAC speech].”

Paradoxically, Mr. Netanyahu then proceeded to say that “the Israeli goal is direct negotiations with the Palestinians, without preconditions.”

Go figure.

That Mr. Netanyahu is considering conceding to Obama’s demand that Israel retreat to the “1967 borders” as a basis for future negotiations with the Palestinians, irrespective of “conditions” or “guarantees” (including Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state), represents an odd turn for a man who has historically been labeled as “hawkish.”

If the reports are true, however, Mr. Netanyahu has effectively metamorphosed into Tzipi Livni.

This transformation—which began in 2009 at Bar Ilan university, when Mr. Netanyahu formally endorsed for the first time the creation of “Palestine”—has culminated in the crossing of a “red line” (also known as the 1949 Armistice lines): To date, Israel’s repeated concessions to the Palestinians, though unconscionable (and deadly) have for the most part been containable. Gaza, for example, following Israel’s 2005 unilateral withdrawal, has essentially become an Iranian-sponsored jihadist war zone dedicated to Israel’s destruction, but nonetheless one that Israel can subdue militarily. Furthermore, the self-negating effects of Israel’s incessant pandering to world pressure—at the expense of its unequivocal legal and historical rights, as well as its moral authority—have thus far been manageable, primarily offset by a booming economy driven by Israel’s collective creative power (take note, Arab world).

Yet Israel’s retreat to the 1967 lines, despite “promises” of “land swaps,” is universally considered to be a suicidal prospect.

As such, if Mr. Netanyahu accepts the “Obama principles,” Israel essentially will be agreeing to ingest a fatal poison (1967 borders), whose lone anecdote (land swaps) will be in the hands of the Palestinians. And the sole “voice” encouraging the Palestinians to administer said medicine will be Obama.

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  • LindaRivera

    Never was peace more ugly. In Islam, peace is achieved when a hated infidel nation is conquered, Everyone except the naive understand that the peace process is actually a war process.

    ALL Palestinian Authority maps show the new state of 'Palestine' covering ALL Israel.

    In the Palestinian Authority, Muslim children are inculcated from birth with a murderous hate for Jews and brainwashed with the LIE that Israel was stolen from Muslims.

    Jihad is an obligation in the Koran. The Koran commands Muslims to conquer all nations and all peoples and subjugate hated, despised infidels under Islamic sharia law where females are regarded as inferior and defenseless non-Muslims have no human rights.

    Why is the US, EU, and the UN aiding and abetting global jihad with their demand for an Islamic terror state implant in vulnerable, little Israel?

    • potb

      "In Islam, peace is achieved when a hated infidel nation is conquered"

      Not just conquered. If I'm correct a place is peaceful (according to Islamic theology) when it is 100% Islamic like Saudi-Arabia.

  • LindaRivera

    If Israel surrenders the famous, BIBLICAL, strategically military high ground of Judea and Samaria, it will be the end of Israel. Without this ground, Israel is completely INDEFENSIBLE.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama, no American president or Israeli prime minister have the right to bring about a Second Holocaust of Jews. It is immoral and EVIL.

    Muslims were already illegally given 80% of Jewish Palestine by the British – the new Arab Muslim country became Jordan. Muslims want all Israel; what little is left of it.

  • JohnWV

    Palestinians lack sophisticated instruments of war, so their resistance is pathetic. Israel enjoys a kill ratio near one hundred to one and way higher in killing of women and children. Pathetic or not, Hamas was legitimately elected to resist the Jewish occupation of their homeland and resist they do. Justice demands resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon Palestine for generations. Maybe something like UN imposed and enforced return of twice the land seized, including and centered on the actual land seized, eviction of settlers, contiguity and autonomy plus PUNITIVE REPARATIONS of debilitating magnitude.

    • MixMChess

      "Israel enjoys a kill ratio near one hundred to one and way higher in killing of women and children."

      You are a LIAR and purposefully defaming Israel. The Israeli army has one of the strictest rules of engagement of any country in the world and does NOT target civilians. The FACTS and STATISTICS reveal the TRUTH:

      Over 80% of Israelis killed between 2000 and 2003 were civilians. During that same time, less than 36% of Palestinians killed were civilians. Palestinians, not Israelis target children and women. Over 58% of all Israeli civilians killed between 2000 and 2002 were children under the age of 15 while less than 11% of Palestinians killed were in that same age bracket. In the same period, over 25% of Israelis killed were women while less than 2% of Palestinians were women.

      Another study found that from 2000 to 2002 over 95% of Palestinians fatalities were adult male combatants. During the same period, the study found that less than 57% of Israelis killed were combat-aged males. Even the Palestinian Monitor recorded that less than 11% of Palestinians killed between 2000 and 2002 were under the age of 15. During the same period, over 57% of all Israelis killed were under age 15.

      As feminist Phylis Chesler points out: "On the Israeli side, 80% of those killed were noncombatants, most of whom were women and girls. Israeli female fatalities far outnumbered Palestinian female fatalities by either 3 to 1 or 4 to 1. (So far, I have heard no feminist complaints about this; have you?) Israeli women and girls constituted almost 40% of the Israeli noncombatants killed by Palestinians. Of the Palestinian deaths, over 95% were ma,e. In other words, Palestinians PURPOSEFULLY went after women, children, and other unarmed civilians and Israelis fought against ARMED MALE SOLDIERS who were ATTACKING them."

      Besides, which side has more casualties has nothing to do with who initiates and perpetuates the violence. More Palestinians than Israelis have been killed largely because Israel has managed to thwart most Palestinian terrorist attacks. If Israel reduced its vigilance and its anti-terrorism tactics, Israeli casualties could surpass those of Palestinians. The fact that the Palestinian Authority and terrorist groups have not succeeded in killing more Israelis does not mean they have not consistently tried to do so. For example, there were over 30,000 attempted terrorist attacks in the first three years of the Intifada.

    • MixMChess

      Looks like the neo-Nazi JohnWV is up to his old tricks…

      "Palestinians lack sophisticated instruments of war, so their resistance is pathetic."

      WRONG. Palestinians have never lacked sophisticated instruments of war. From 1920 on, they organized political parties and were active, aggressive agents in determining the history of the region. Since the establishment of Israel and throughout the history of the conflict, they have had the support and backing of other Arab nations and of nations hostile to the West. The Arab states have fought on their behalf on provided billions in aid and weapons with explicit purpose of murdering Israeli civilians.

    • MixMChess

      "Pathetic or not, Hamas was legitimately elected to resist the Jewish occupation of their homeland and resist they do."

      Two LIES in one, nice! Palestinians knowingly elected a terrorist organization dedicated to the genocide of worldwide Jewry as their leaders. That stated, Hamas was only elected the Palestinian parliament, they took over the government of Gaza in an illegal and VIOLENT coup.

      Of course, Hamas has no reason to "resist" Israel considering that Israel completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005 long before Hamas illegitimately came to power. The notoriously anti-Israel UN and even the antisemitic Human Rights Watch have been forced to admit that Hamas attacks and provocation (or resistance as you described it) are illegal and constitute WAR CRIMES.

    • MixMChess

      "Justice demands resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon Palestine for generations. Maybe something like UN imposed and enforced return of twice the land seized, including and centered on the actual land seized, eviction of settlers, contiguity and autonomy plus PUNITIVE REPARATIONS of debilitating magnitude."

      You're an idiot. The Palestinians have no one to blame for their suffering but themselves. As previously discussed, the Palestinians have had the backing of Arab and Western Nations for over 60 years now. Palestinians have repeatedly rejected compromise solutions that would have established an Arab state alongside a Jewish state-in 1937, 1947, 1969, 1979, 2000 and 2005 (just to name a few). Had they accepted the United Nations Partition plan in 1947, their Arab state in Palestine would now be 57 years old. But in each case, they rejected the compromises and chose war or violence instead. In contrast, Israel accepted or actually proposed each compromise solution.

      Justice demands that the Palestinians don't deserve one square inch of land anywhere (whether in Israel, Jordan or Lebanon) given their history of belligerence, xenophobia, racism and lust for war and blood.

  • LindaRivera

    MixMChess:

    Thank you for your great comments.

    Islam teaches to lie to advance the totalitarian POLITICAL/religious system of Islam. Devout Muslims lie constantly about the Jewish Holy Land.

    Extremely famous, BIBLICAL Israel has been cherished for 4,000 years by Jews and cherished by Christians for 2,000 years.