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Obama's plans for peace in the Middle East - Sean reacts

Today President Barack Obama spoke at the State Department on the state of the Middle East. After what is being termed an “Arab Spring” of popular uprisings and unrest in the Middle East (Libya, Syria, Egypt…) President Obama is pledging U.S. support for “reform efforts across the Middle East and North Africa.” Just what does that support include and how beneficial will it be the United States?

It appears the support he pledges is more on the side of militia groups and not the United States, and especially not for Israel. In his speech, Obama called for a non-militarized Palestine by returning the borders to the 1967 lines and said lasting peace would require two states with secure borders. The Republican Jewish Coalition group stated that “Those borders, actually the 1949 armistice lines, are physically indefensible…Asking Israel to return to those borders is unacceptable and places Israel in a vulnerable and dangerous position.”

In what could be considered a vow to withdraw all support from Israel, Obama stated “while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”

How does Obama feel about the security of Israel? He explained, “As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself - by itself - against any threat…The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state.”

Let's not forget; president Obama has already walked out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his White House visit March of last year.