In a region already marked by terror and uneasy alliances between tribal conflicts dating back thousands of years, PRESIDENT OBAMA backed a Palestinian demand to Israel: “GET OUT!”
Trying to advance debate, Barack Obama endorsed a key Palestinian demand for the borders of its future state, prodding Israel to withdraw back to borders established in 1967.
He also asked Israel to accept the demand because it can never have a truly peaceful nation based on "permanent occupation."
Obama urged that a permanent Palestinian state be based on 1967 borderlines – the ones that existed prior to the Six Day War when Israel battled Egypt and its allies and then occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
Obama’s statements are a significant shift in U.S. policy and insiders feel may anger longtime U.S. allies Israel.
Israel has said an endorsement of the 1967 borders would prejudge any negotiations.
These border realignments would be consistent with those traditionally demanded by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist Yasser Arafat during his reign.
The President cautioned that the recent power-sharing between the mainstream Palestinian faction led by and the radical Hamas that rules Gaza "raises profound and legitimate" security questions for Israel.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has refused to deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
"How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?" Obama asked.
Obama also deep-sixed a push by the Palestinians for U.N. recognition of a separate state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem later this year.
"Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won't create an independent state," Obama said.