Obama Has REPEATEDLY Advocated 1967 Israel Borders, White House Denies

First watch the video of the White House denying Obama advocated going back to the 1967 borders.

Now here’s what Obama said on May 19:

“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.”

Carney’s attempt at political spin did not go unnoticed.  Obama did say the border should be based on 1967 as a starting point for negotiations. If you are starting at the 1967 borders, then you are in fact advocating that Israel engage in a theoretical withdrawal of current territory.   Something Israel has already rejected.

What’s missing from this debate, however, is that this is not the first time Obama has advocated the 1967 borders.

November 16, 2008:

Barack Obama is to pursue an ambitious peace plan in the Middle East involving the recognition of Israel by the Arab world in exchange for its withdrawal to pre-1967 borders, according to sources close to America’s president-elect.

Obama intends to throw his support behind a 2002 Saudi peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League and backed by Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party.

On a visit to the Middle East last July, the president-elect said privately it would be “crazy” for Israel to refuse a deal that could “give them peace with the Muslim world”, according to a senior Obama adviser.

That 2002 peace plan (Arab Peace Initiative) gives Israel a power of veto on returning Arab refugees who were expelled, but it requires the restoration of the Golan Heights to Syria while allowing the Palestinians to establish a capital in east Jerusalem.

The plan’s first provision calls for:

(a) Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the 4 June 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; (b) Attain a just solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees to be agreed upon in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution No 194. (c) Accept the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since 4 June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. In return the Arab states will do the following: (a) Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict over, sign a peace agreement with Israel, and achieve peace for all states in the region; (b) Establish normal relations with Israel within the framework of this comprehensive peace.

At the time of its proposal, the Arab Peace Initiative was overshadowed by the Passover Massacre on March 27, 2002.  Hamas took credit for the attack that killed 30 Israelis and wounded 140 more.

Since, then president-elect, Obama endorsed that plan in 2008, and has endorsed it again now, he clearly favors Israel going back to the 1967 borders.  No amount of political spin can refute that fact.

Parting question:

How would Obama and Hawaiians feel if the Israelis demanded that the US go back to its 1958 borders?  There’s a lot of Hawaiians who would favor that plan, eh Haole?

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