Netanyahu Shoots Down Return to 1967 Borders
Just a day after President Obama's speech on the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is expressing serious concerns about Obama's plan. While not entirely unpredictable, it is not a good sign for peace talks in the future.
If one bothers to read the full text of Netanyahu's statement today, it can be assumed that there is no real room for compromise with Israel. The comparisons between al Qaeda and Hamas were made to point out that as long as Palestinian authorities keep a relationship with Hamas, Israel will consider Palestine the same way the U.S. considers any nation with ties to al Qaeda. Additionally, he stated that due to demographic changes during the past 40 years, it is impossible to consider a return to the 1967 borders, as Obama mentioned. Israel would be unable to defend itself.
Referring to Palestine as a nation can generally be considered a fallacy, however Netanyahu continually did so. According to Palestinian Official, Nabil Shaath, the demographic shift Netanyahu referred to was the direct result of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In the wake of Obama's and Netanyahu's statements, the Palestinians hold little hope for meaningful negotiations for peace in the region.
Given the current state of the situation, it would not be surprising to see more violence and protests in the region. If Obama is hoping to keep the U.S. public from being concerned about the need for increased military presence in Israel, he's not likely to manage that if the Palestinians manage to start uprisings as seen in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Syria to name a few. Based on a recent Rasmussen poll, more than half of Americans think that Arab World protests in general make Israel less safe.