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Submitted by There is NO Santa Claus (United States), May 22, 2011 at 13:28

Well! Wadda ya know! The news media LIED.

This morning, President O'Bama addressed the AIPAC policy conference. It contained statements that were insincere and untrue, but one thing he made certain: He did not use the words "1967 borders". He used the words "1967 LINES" [emphasis mine] in his speech last Thursday.

I haven't read an exact transcript of last Thursday's speech, but I've listened to President O'Bama's speech this morning to AIPAC and believe he stated his words exactly as he made them on Thursday.

OK. That's the good news. The bad news is that President O'Bama continues to call for a Palestinian State with "contiguous borders". I think we know what that means. This condition was unilaterally INSERTED by the Bush Administration and was never agreed to by the Israelis. Certainly, arraignments for travel between Gaza and the West Bank were discussed during the Clinton Administration, but a Palestinian State with "contiguous borders" was never an ingredient in U.S. Policy until the Bush Administration. I believe this element has stalled peace talks more than any other American policy.

Lastly, the statement in President O'Bama's AIPAC speech that he will prevent Israel from being "singled out at the U.N. or any other international forum" is a bold-faced LIE. Time and time again, this President has singled Israel out as the soul source of failure in peace talks. The constant harangue that "Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace" is the routine line. After numerous bold acts by Israel, with no reciprocation, end-of-violence, end of incitement, or even continuing negotiations, lead us to the obvious conclusion that these are demands for one-sided concessions.

And frankly, I've grown tired of people who are not Israeli citizens routinely saying that "Israel should….", or worse, "Israel must….".

As an American, I believe my President needs to stop making policy statements that he knows (darn well) the news media will deliberately interpret as demands on Israel, one-sided or otherwise. The news media clearly mis-reported his Thursday policy speech. Public opinion drives public policy. News reporting shapes public opinion. If the President stops making these kind of policy statements, few will question his claim of support for Israel.

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