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

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.”

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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.

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57 COMMENTS

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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 .

  5. 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.

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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