I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
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."
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