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Obama to recognise Palestinian state with '67 borders

A reported willingness by the White House to vote for the creation of a Palestinian state in the UN signals unprecedented trust issues with Netanyahu's government and will likely exacerbate US-Israeli relations

Saleh Naami , Tuesday 12 Apr 2011
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US President Barack Obama announced a decision to recognise the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, adding that the US will vote as such in the United Nations, reported the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

One of the newspaper’s head commentators, Nahum Barnea, stated that “senior” US officials attribute the president’s latest stance to “the revolutions storming the Arab world.” This coupled with resentment at Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu for failing to take genuine steps towards a settlement with the Palestinians reportedly inspired the president to adopt his latest position.

Barnea expects relations between Washington and Tel Aviv to head down a rather dangerous road, wherein “a US approval for the declaration of a Palestinian state would cause confusion and extreme embarrassment for Israel.”

Obama, according to Barnea’s sources, has “completely lost his trust in Netanyahu” and has not replied to the prime minister’s correspondence which stressed that approval of the latest peace proposal would lead to the collapse of Tel Aviv’s ruling coalition. It also noted that Israel cannot make any “geographical” compromises as this is its strongest playing card.

Obama proposed that Netanyahu provide him with a secret pledge showing the latter’s willingness to withdraw from the West Bank, but Netanyahu refused thereby exacerbating their crisis, Barnea explained.

Israeli security sources reportedly stated that “a UN decision to recognise a state of Palestine would turn the Jewish settlers in the West Bank into outlaws” with regard to international law. Nevertheless, the presence of the Israeli army in the West Bank has been and will continue to be considered a breach of UN resolutions.

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Dorothy
17-04-2011 06:37pm
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war?
How can this happen without the effect being the start of the "3rd world war?"
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Sigdrifa
15-04-2011 11:26am
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Palestine Pfft!
There is no such thing as a Palestinian state. It was a lie designed to fool the world so that muslim/arab nations could continue to have a reason to fight Israel. Zuheir Mohsen himself made the statement in a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw admitting it.
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David
14-04-2011 12:55am
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Hmmm
Since UN resolutions already have been signed many years ago that state 1967 borders must be adhered to ,I see no point in your column. The settlers are already outlaws of international law. making your point redundant.
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Timothy Rosenberg
13-04-2011 08:37pm
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The world is ruled by spoiled children!!
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ragged soul
13-04-2011 03:41pm
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1967 borders
Mythical delusions aside, Israel has no legitimate claim to the West Bank. The Jews like to think they do, more often than not behaving like disenfranchised debutantes rather than the educated folk they are. Still and all, a return to the 967 borders is the only fair solution. Bravo, bravo, Mr. Obama. Just remember, sir, that they killed Kennedy for denying Israel nuclear weapons, simply to prove that no gentile, regardless of rank, was beyond a Jewish bullet.
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Joe
13-04-2011 12:42am
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Even though the Palestinian Authority gives the death penalty to a Palestinian who sells land to Jews, the fulfillment of end time Bible prophecy will not be stopped. The Palestinian Authority has, for years, implemented the death penalty on Palestinians that have sold land or even been involved in an arrangement to sell land to the Jewish people. One of the Muslim judges involved with the Palestinian Authority has issued another warning and a reminder to the Palestinian people that Islamic law forbids the sale of property to Jews by Muslim people. This report brings to mind several issues that have a connection to end time Bible prophecy. The Palestinian Authority, the governing body of the Palestinian people, has no authority to issue a death penalty but past experience show they can back up their warning and a number of Palestinians have been executed for selling property to Jews - evidence that the Palestinians, Edomites of history, all descendents of Esau, hate Jews (Genesis
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Gavin Young
12-04-2011 11:21pm
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Great News
This is great news for the Palestinian people!
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