NYTimes Discovers 'Palestinian' Diplomacy
By Yisrael Medad
9/25/2013, 12:09 PM
Yisrael MedadI am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren,...
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Riad al-Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister, told Voice of Palestine radio this morning that President Obama said Tuesday "that negotiations start from the 1967 borders as a reference." But President Obama didn't say that, at least not according to the transcript posted on whitehouse.gov. Rather, he repeated the longstanding United States position: "The border of Israel and Palestine should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed-to swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states with robust security provisions so that Israel retains the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threats." Nothing about how the borders play into negotiations, that I see.
Malki also said on the radio this morning that the Palestinians "will not accept the idea of a Jewish state, no matter what the Americans or the Israelis say."