... the PLO has reached and signed with Israel. Let us hope the often uninformed occupant of the Oval Office is aware of it. The entire peace process is based on United Nations Security Council Resolution, 242, which calls upon Israel to retreat its armed forces from "territories" - not "all" or "the" territories - that Israel captured during the defensive Six-Day War, 1967. This, Israel has done decades ago of course. Also, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are not to retreat to ANY particular line designated by 242 but rather to "secure and recognized boundaries", to be reached through negotiations by the parties. 242, it should be noted, is based on a series of elements in international law, all of which assigned the land located between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea to be "the national home for the Jewish people" in which Jews may settle at will. The relevant acts are the San Remo conference decisions, 1920; the League of Nations decisions, 1922; and, the United Nations Charter, Article 80, 1945; the latter being an act of the UN in which it adopted the decisions of the League of Nations and etched them in law as an irrevocable act. And, finally, the September 1995 Interim Agreement between the PLO and Israel certainly allow the construction of housing in existing villages and towns in Samaria, Judea, Jordan Valley, Gaza and of course in Jerusalem. Also included is the commitment by the PLO to see to it that no acts of terror and violence take place - something that is a daily event when rockets keep flying from the territory of Gaza, formally part of the Palestinian Authority, and this, of course, by illicit weapons not permitted by these agreements, but about which Abbas has nothing to say. Does Mr. Obama know the above? Does Mr. Obama even cares about it?
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