Obama's predilection for conducting diplomacy through public speeches - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 19.05.11 | 22:48 (IDT)

    obama had frozen negotiations first when he demanded a total freeze on "settlement" constructions. this time obama's "vision" of a palestinian state based on 1967 armistice lines will further freeze negotiations. israel cannot accept borders that leave the old city of jerusalem and the kotel, judaism's holiest sites, in the putative palestinian state. nor can israel give up the judean hills, which overlook the entire dan region of iisrael. the judean hills are an absulute strategic area without which israel's very existence would be threatened. by going public with his proposals, obama will make it impossible to arrive at any negotiated settlement. it is tragic that this president cares more about his ego than about existential matteres affecting the entire region of the middle east.

    from the article: After Obama speech, Netanyahu rejects withdrawal to 'indefensible' 1967 borders
    First published 22:01 19.05.11 | Last updated 22:01 19.05.11
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