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Abbas Suggests Obama Promised ’67 Lines, E. Jerusalem Capital


U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah, March 21, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah, March 21, 2013
Photo Credit: FLASH90/Issam Rimawi

U.S. President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office with Mahmoud Abbas, the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority late morning on Monday, March 17.

Obama spoke first, welcoming Abbas to his office. As noted elsewhere in The Jewish Press, Obama made several absurd comments, such as commending Abbas as someone “who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security; a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and a state that allows for Israelis to feel secure and at peace with their neighbors.”

But Abbas also played with Obama’s words.

Obama uttered his standard “everybody understands the outlines of what a peace deal would look like, involving a territorial compromise on both sides based on ’67 lines with mutually agreed upon swaps,” and never said a word about Jerusalem.

In Abbas’s responsive remarks, he transformed what Obama said into something quite different. Abbas made it sound as though Obama said that there would be a Palestinian State with the “’67 lines” (actually, the 1949 Armistice Lines) as its western border, and with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas also managed to shoehorn in a reference to the refugee issue, as if Obama had acknowledged a connection between eastern Jerusalem and the refugees. And Abbas also created a link to the “promise” of the release of still more convicted murderers as part of the “peace process.”

The other significant issue mentioned by Abbas was his claim that “in 1993, we recognized the state of Israel.”

In 1993, Yassir Arafat signed the Oslo Accords, as did Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In September of that year, Arafat issued a statement that the PLO “recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.”  Not a Jewish State, just the State of Israel. Few people believe that Arafat ever believed or intended to suggest that he or his followers had any intention of allowing the Jewish State of Israel to exist in peace and security.

Still, not bad for a speech containing fewer than 400 words.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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57 Responses to “Abbas Suggests Obama Promised ’67 Lines, E. Jerusalem Capital”

  1. Brian Levine says:

    But you know something? It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Hussein would promise someone else’s country up to its enemies in pursuit of a “peace.” In fact, that sounds exactly what Obama would say as I’m 100% sure this is what he really believes and feels in that microscopic heart of his.

  2. Tarek Saba says:

    Brian Levine poland is your home.

  3. Joyce G says:

    It just makes me nuts to read this. Seriously, what the ???

  4. Joyce G says:

    It just makes me nuts to read this. Seriously, what the ???

  5. @tarek? Excuse me but what did u say to Brian?

  6. @tarek? Excuse me but what did u say to Brian?

  7. Tarek Saba you are a very nazislamic and go to hell with your friends!!!

  8. Jim Keene says:

    I think Obama hates Israel even more than he hates the USA.

  9. Dan. 9:27. 11:39. Tic toc Jesus is coming soon…Enemies of Israel soon to be destroyed…

  10. State of palestine Never existed and will never!!!!!!!

  11. Obama is not from Kenya – he’s from Chelm.

  12. Well, he has promised a lot of rhetoric…but he can t deliver…his word is.lies…

  13. Ken Man says:

    Oh get real jeeeezus is NOT. coming their will be no miraculous intervention just grow up you fools , the Israelis need REAL support not imaginary warbling

  14. Anthony Kent says:

    Anti Semites excel at semantics.

  15. Abu Maazen has been the Prez of the PA for some 8 yrs. now since his term in office ended. Whom does he represent? Obama is not calling for new elections bc then Hamas will win by a landslide, like in Gaza where no new elections are needed either. And Obama wants IL to concede land to Abbas?

  16. Abu Maazen has been the Prez of the PA for some 8 yrs. now since his term in office ended. Whom does he represent? Obama is not calling for new elections bc then Hamas will win by a landslide, like in Gaza where no new elections are needed either. And Obama wants IL to concede land to Abbas?

  17. Nobody can give what doesn’t have. Obama isn’t the owner of Israel.

  18. Again Obama has done his absolute best as always. What a upstanding American to have a President.

  19. Again Obama has done his absolute best as always. What a upstanding American to have a President.

  20. Again Obama has done his absolute best as always. What a upstanding American to have a President.

  21. Abbas will die like yarfaat…also.

  22. Ruth Cook says:

    he so needs impeached

  23. BETTER OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE REAL WIDE

  24. Philatines are not one community,they came from Arab nations to occupy land given by Romans.Now they must trace their ancestories in Arabia and return there.Fact is no Arabs ever want Philastines ie Kuwait,Dubai,UAE ,Egypt ,lybia,moracoo etc.jebusites,amalekites,ismaelites all live in the land of Ebne Aziz saud,who married twenty two wives legally and hundreds illegally.Every body is sons and daughters of Ebne Aziz saud.Tehey are called bin saud,which united all tribes in one saud family calling it Saudi Arabia .

  25. Carolin Knox says:

    This whole “peace” talk is stupid. Fatah needs Israel to stay where it is. They’ve seen what happens without Israel, Hamas will come in and slaughter Fatah members wholesale just like Gaza. Except this time the IDF can’t save those that run to border begging for help. There will be no where for them to go. So sick of these pretend talks.

  26. I think Obama is in over his head.

  27. May the wrath if G-D come against Obama

  28. Maynard Miller says:

    Ohh how we wish that that was the ONLY time Obama had made absurd comments.

  29. בוקרא פיל מישמיש

  30. They both have th spirit of the antichrist! The God of the Israeli is in control!!!

  31. We need to get Obama out of office ,and soon before he harms Israel badly.

  32. OBAMA is totally stupid!!!

  33. Could Obama possibly sound more like a fool than he does here?

  34. Israel doesn’t belong to Obama to give anything away

  35. Allal Amrani says:

    The State of Israel is 66+ Years Old, and I have observed 6 USA president going back and forth between Israelis and Palestinians to reach some kind of Peace. In my opinion I call Peace BS, nothing more then both people are been used for the benefit of the Few Elites. Who care about few Billions a Year that is spent on both sides, and paid by at stakes groups who will prolong the Peace BS until the messiah or Mehdi comes….

  36. This two are in there way to hell

  37. This two are in there way to hell

  38. you won that land that belonged to you anyway, just don’t give It up!! you don’t have to sign anything away. Your Land Is yours!!

  39. Zion Niker says:

    the “partner” for “peace”…

  40. Zion Niker says:

    the “partner” for “peace”…

  41. Dan Luis Obispo says:

    As a gentile, I added this link so that I might gain an understanding, if not an actual sympathy with, the aims of Israel and Jews. I need to be educated, but all I find within this article and its comment section is vitriol and juvenile rantings.

  42. his buddy not bibi

  43. That guy in White House is a moron

  44. Hay AbbASS you know the song dream on ??? Now you know

  45. Isaac Taposh says:

    If he can do fulfill his word, to the Muslim world. He will be hero again. Then Distraction of Christian world. By Muslim, Support by Russia, and china. then Cause.

  46. Obama can’t promise Abbas anything. Does he think he runs the whole world . He can ‘t even run the US.

  47. Sientje Seinen says:

    what a pompous ass that Abba is, wonder if he would give back the land if they had won in 1967 war, and throw in Jerusalem beside? the man seems to think that the world is his play ground and Obama is so stupid as to play with this bully.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ricky, keep your day job; you'll never make it as a comedian as Øbama is the biggest joke around.

    Ricky Cantrell says:
    March 18, 2014 at 1:08 AM
    Again Obama has done his absolute best as always. What a upstanding American to have a President.

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