Obama is retelling his “abandonment of Israel” speech (May 20th) through the lamestream media. Obama’s speeches will continue to press for a two state solution, but we will soon hear Obama walk back his May 20th speech. Obama will claim that he did not throw Israel under the bus (he sees by the reaction of the Jewish community that he might have over-reached). He will now abandon Israel with greater subtlety to obfuscate his anti-Israeli views.
How do I know? I know because the media is dressing down Republicans (especially Romney) for outspoken support of Israel as an over-reaction to Obama’s declaration that Israel must pull back to 1967 borders. At the same time, they are playing up the minimal suggestions Obama made to the opposition.
Case in point, the CBS Roundtable discussion with David Sang, John Dickerson and Major Garrett last Friday, concluded that Obama never threw Israel under the bus; Obama merely said what we all understood to be the truth i.e. 1967 borders were up for grabs; and Romney will regret standing with the extremists on the Right. I’m sorry, but when was it “extreme” to stand with Israel on their border issue? Listen to the disingenuous video here: CBS, Lamest of Media Discussions
It has not been understood that 1967 borders were the starting point. In George Bush’s letter of 14 April, 2004 to Prime Minister Sharon, he wrote, “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.” There is nothing ambiguous here.
*If Israel were to go back to 1967 borders, their country would be about 8 miles wide and many of the Israelis would be living outside the borders of the country, left to whatever fate their opponents would choose.