The PJ Tatler

Palestinians use Obama's 1967 speech as excuse to dig in their heels

Imagine that — by taking Palestinians’ side against our ally Israel, President Obama has encouraged them to cling bitterly to their genocidal position.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians were ready to restart peace negotiations if based around the principles US President Barack Obama laid out in his State Department dress on the Middle East, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

According to the report, Erekat, who met Monday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior White House officials, said that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accepted Obama’s platform of a return to pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, then he would have a partner for negotiations. …

Speaking from a luncheon meeting with Middle East experts sponsored by the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution, the Palestinian negotiator said that “[If Netanyahu] wants to be a partner, he has to say it: Two states on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,”

He added that without such a declaration, talks would not move forward, the Washington Post said.

Netanyahu has already declared that the ’67 borders are indefensible and therefore a non-starter. Obama’s speech has isolated Israel and only encouraged the terrorist-led Palestinians to reach for more concessions.