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AFP: Key global players Friday backed US President Barack Obama’s call for a Palestinian state including land lost in the 1967 war as Israel insisted there could be no return to “indefensible” borders.

…The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, which includes the European Union, the United Nations, the United States and Russia, expressed “strong support” for Obama’s statement that a Palestinian state should include land that Israel has occupied since the 1967 war.

“The Quartet agrees that moving forward on the basis of territory and security provides a foundation for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a final resolution of the conflict through serious and substantive negotiations and mutual agreement on all core issues,” it said.

…EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton “warmly welcomes President Obama’s confirmation that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines,” a spokeswoman said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Obama’s speech was “a very important message for the Middle East peace process” and the proposal “a good path that both sides should consider”.

In London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he supported Obama’s “clear message that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”

…In the Arab world, Jordan hailed the American president who it said “for the first time clearly spoke of his vision for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and which must enjoy autonomy.”

…Syria’s official SANA news agency said Obama’s speech offered nothing new but “reaffirmed the deep-rooted and unwavering support for Israel’s security.”

Alone in outright condemnation, Iran slammed Obama’s statement as a sign of “despair” …. Iran does not recognise Israel’s right to exist.

Full article here

Thank you LoriahR

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You gotta love the fact that both Netanyahu and Iran hated the President’s speech …. kind of suggests he got it just right 😉


8 Responses to “support”


  1. 1 meta
    May 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thank you, Chips. What an extraordinary moment we experience at this juncture of American history. Incredible CHANGE all around us.

    Sam Graham-Felsen, who was Obama for America’s fabulous blog administrator during the 2007-2008 primary/general election roller coaster ride, tweets:

    I’m still bitter that Netanyahu shamelessly copied Obama’s website to get elected: http://hvrd.me/ivMTEl

  2. 2 StR
    May 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Iran and Israel are one election away from major change I believe. I don’t believe either represent the views of their citizenry. Bibi was elected using fear – Obama was unknown and they used the idea that Israel needed a strong warhawk President to counter what could be a dove Obama. Ahmadinejad stole his way in, however I don’t think that will be allowed to happen again.

  3. 3 GGail
    May 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    If anyone can – it would be great if the Press Conference was uploaded so the TOD family could hear how the media, especially our MSM reporters kept trying to make the President’s speech and Netty’s reaction into more than what it actually was and how firm Jay Carney stood his ground. If it can’t be uploaded here, I strongly recommend you all take a few minutes and go to the White House website and view it.

  4. 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH NEEDED TO BE DELIVERED AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT HE SPOKE OUT BEFORE NETANYAHU ARRIVED FOR HIS VISIT! GOOD GOIN’ MR. PRESIDENT! THE CARDS ARE ON THE TABLE!

  5. 6 Fred
    May 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    frack both Bibi and that other whackjob from Iran with all due respect to each and everyone of you here

  6. 7 AnitaW
    May 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    It seems as if President Obama and the remaining quartet members are boxing Bibi and his crazy Iran partner in a box. They are going to both be left with no options.

  7. 8 HZ
    May 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    We know that our President, Barack Obama has shown us over and over again that he cares about us in the United States and he cares about people around the world. He is a decent man, Bibi and his hateful and mean-spirited people will not thwart the good purposes of our great President. Not Now. President Obama will prevail.


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