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Chairman Comrade Barack Obama declared Thursday that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 lines, likely setting up a new clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Regarding the “Arab spring” of revolts, Comrade Obama compared “shouts of human dignity” across the region to America’s birth pangs and civil rights struggles, and said the uprisings showed repression would not work.
But he did not radically adjust U.S. policy approaches to the uprisings which erupted in Tunisia and raged through Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain among other states, in a speech watched around the world.
Comrade Obama warned Palestinians that Israel had a right to defend itself and said that the unity deal between Fatah and the radical Islamist Hamas movement posed “profound and legitimate questions” for Israel.
“How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?” he said.
He also told Palestinians that their effort, following the collapse of U.S.-brokered direct talks with Israel last year, to try to win recognition at the UN General Assembly in September would fail.
“Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state,” Comrade Obama said. But he also made clear he expected significant concessions in any revived peace process from Israel.
“The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states,” he said in the speech at the State Department.
Netanyahu has vigorously opposed to a formula that would see Israel withdraw to the borders in place before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Former Democrat-Socialist congressman Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, told AFP that Comrade Obama’s declaration amounted to a “moment of truth” for Israel and the Palestinians.
He said Obama had become the first U.S. leader to state that the conflict should be ended “with Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and that the 1967 lines – with agreed territorial swaps – will be the basis of the resolution.”
Chairman Comrade Obama also made clear he would support, however, another Netanyahu red line – the need for the future Palestinian state to be “non-militarized.”
He called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a transition or “leave,” further stiffening the U.S. line a day after slapping new sanctions on the leadership over a fierce crackdown on demonstrations.
Comrade Obama demanded a real dialogue between the government and opposition forces in Bahrain, in a showdown that has forced the United States to chose between a key military ally and its support for universal principles.
And he said that Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh should follow up on his vows to cede power, adding that the uprisings had shown that repression by autocratic leaders could not stifle demands for individual freedoms.
“Those shouts of human dignity are being heard across the region, and through the moral force of non-violence,” people have achieved more in six months than terrorists have in decades, the Chairman said.
“It will be years before this story reaches its end. Along the way there will be good days and there will be bad days,” Comrade Obama said, adding that there would be in some cases, “fierce contests for power.”
Seeking to encourage political change, he also unveiled a program to offer two billion dollars of debt relief and financing for Egypt and Tunisia, modeled on financial support which underpinned the evolution of post-Soviet eastern Europe.
The United States will also work with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank to unlock more funding and financing guarantees to encourage democratic reform in the Arab world, Obama regime cronies said.
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