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Shomron Liaison Office: Obama's 'Homeland' Preposterous

Yaakov David Ha'ivri, Director of the Shomron Liaison Office, said Obama's definition of a Jewish homeland is "preposterous."
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 5/20/2011, 1:25 AM / Last Update: 5/20/2011, 2:12 AM

Shomron Liaison Office

Yaakov David Ha'ivri, Director of the Shomron Liaison Office, responded Thursday to US president Barack Obama's mideast policy speech, saying Obama's definition of of a Jewish homeland is "preposterous."

"We welcome President Obama's strong statements on the requirement of the Jewish State's security," Ha'ivri said in a statement. "But categorically reject his call for dialogue with the internationally recognized terror organization Hamas."

"Unfortunately, President Obama and the majority of the citizens of Israel are speaking different languages. The president agreed that the Jews should have a state in their historical homeland, but his definition of homeland is preposterous. The historical land of the Jewish people are the very areas which he supports giving to the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood; the ideological grandfather of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda," Ha'Ivri said of Obama's call to a "full and phased withwrawal" by Israel to "1967 lines."

"These two statements by the president do not jibe. It is impossible for Israel to live securely in its homeland if it is required to give away its homeland to the affiliate organization whose leader the US president just signed the assassination order for. Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are non-negotiable and any further discussion of compromising Israeli sovereignty in them will be unequivocally rejected," Ha'Ivri said.

"Only an empowered and secure Israel will bring peace to the region. Forcing Israel's hand will ruin any chance for the regional peace President Obama so desires."

Obama's speech, which GOP presidential hopeful Mit Romney termed "throwing Israel under a bus," essentially endorsed PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas' demand for borders based on 1967 lines - in truth the 1948 armistice lines - before negotiations begin.