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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.”
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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