Israeli PM rejects 1967 borders pullout
Press TV, Fri May 20, 2011 5:37AM
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu (L) is set to hold talks with US
President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday. Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US President Barack Obama's call for
withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories to the 1967
Netanyahu also rejected any pullout from East al-Quds
"Those borders are not defensible," and the
establishment of a Palestinian state must not come "at Israel's
expense," Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying on Friday.
his Middle East policy speech on Thursday, President Obama called for
the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the lines
before the 1967 Mideast war.
"We believe 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," said Obama.
Israel captured the West Bank, East al-Quds and
the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war.
Netanyahu noted that he plans
to keep the West Bank, including a strategic section of land along the
Jordanian border that he believes is vital to Israel's security.
The prime minister said he would reiterate his security demands with
Obama as he is scheduled to meet him at the White House on Friday.
The Palestinians oppose any Israeli presence in their future state,
saying they will ask the United Nations to recognize their independence
The UN General Assembly is expected to discuss the
establishment of a Palestinian state in September.
between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been on hold since the
two sides resumed the talks in Washington in September 2010.
two sides failed to continue the talks after Tel Aviv refused to extend
a 10-month partial freeze on its illegal settlement activities.
Addressing Muslims, US backs Israel
Press TV, Thu May 19, 2011 6:26PM
US President Barack Obama On the heels of a Washington visit by the
Israeli prime minister, US President Barack Obama vowed, in a televised
speech intended to address recent events in the Muslim world, to persist
in protecting the Israeli regime and 'counter terrorism.'
admitting that “short-term interests may not represent the long term
vision of the region,” Obama assured his regional allies in his Thursday
speech that the United States will keep its “commitment to friends and
Two long-time US-backed dictators, Hosni Mubarak of
Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia were ousted from power
following massive anti-government protests. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia
and Mubarak has been detained and awaits trial over criminal charges
against the Egyptian people.
Obama warned Palestinians that they
would never gain independence by denying the Israeli regime the “right
to exist,” claiming that efforts to “de-legitimize Israel” would fail.
The pro-Israeli remarks by the US president comes despite his
acknowledgment that a new generation has emerged in the Muslim world
demanding 'change' that cannot be denied. Recent popular protests in
Middle Eastern and North African countries have included numerous
expressions of anti-Israeli and anti-US feelings.
reminded Israeli officials that their status quo was “unsustainable,”
and said that the Tel Aviv regime's conflict “has meant suffering and
the humiliation of occupation” for Palestinians.
the US president said it was ultimately up to the Israeli regime and the
Palestinians to hammer out a peace deal, adding that the US supported a
two state solution with permanent borders based on the 1967 lines, and
hinted at the prospect of “mutually agreed swap.”
observers and a number of published opinion poll results, most
Palestinians and Muslim populations have expressed distrust of the US as
an objective mediator in the Middle East, citing its unconditional
support for the Israeli regime and all of its many violations against
Palestinians and neighboring countries.
Israel OK's over 1,500 new settler units
Press TV, Thu May 19, 2011 8:51PM
A section of the East Al-Quds illegal settlements of Pisgat Zeev,
where Israel has approved another 620 units to be constructed. Israel
has once again defied international law by approving the construction of
over 1,500 more illegal settlement units on occupied territories of
Palestine, a report says.
Israel's Interior Ministry Planning
Committee has given the final approval for construction of 620
settlement units in Pisgat Zeev in northeastern Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and
another 900 in Har Homa in the south of the city.
The plan was
approved on Thursday just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu was to leave for Washington, where he is to meet US President
Barack Obama in the White House on Friday.
Israel occupied and
annexed East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) with the rest of the West Bank in 1967
six-day war, but the measure was never recognized by the international
The United Nations has repeatedly declared Israel's
settlement building on Palestinian lands as illegal under international
Israel aims to strengthen the presence of settlers in the
occupied Palestinians territories with the goal to bring about a
demographic change in the region to gain points when they resume
negotiations in the future.
The Palestinians, however, want East
Al-Quds as the capital of their future state, a move opposed by the