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Sofer: "No Dispute Between Netanyahu and Obama."

Professor Arnon Sofer of Haifa University says Israel is already at 1967 lines in practice; Asks, "What's the big fuss?"
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 5/27/2011, 3:27 PM / Last Update: 5/27/2011, 3:42 PM

University of Haifa

 

Professor Arnon Sofer of Haifa University told Arutz Sheva Israel is already at 1967 lines in practice.

"There is no dispute between Netanyahu and Obama on going back to the '67 borders," Sofer, a geographer, said. "If you check the map of the green line, especially comparing it to the separation fence that we are building, there is no dispute."

"From the Beit She'an Valley, Tirat Zvi and Umm al Famm, including Gilboa... any direction we go we are close the Green Line. Gush Etzion and Hebron turns almost into the Ein Gedi... and we are close to the Green Line. And then, also in Tulkarm and Qalqilya. And everything else that are really blocs that Obama has said should leave our hands. So what the big fuss?"

"Bibi was talking about going back in part to the 1967 borders with changes here and there and Obama is talking about the same, there is no substantive debate," Sofer argued.

Professor Sofer is convinced there is no Israeli interest in maintaining a united Jerusalem and called for Israel's government to dispose of the Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

"I am against a united Jerusalem, as it currently is," Kedar told Arutz Sheva. "I do not want any Arab neighborhoods. I do not want it. But let me tell you, as religious Jew, all of our holy places... annex them unilaterally because we have no one to talk to. I do not want a united Jerusalem which is not united at all. There would only be 60 percent Jews in such a city. The capital of Israel is today a poor city in Israel. Tell them [the Arabs -Ed.] to take their neighborhoods and leave us alone. We would be left with the Jewish settlements and neighborhoods we set up - this is possible. "

Sofer called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to retract his remarks on the Jordan Valley in which he said Israel must maintain a military presence for security purposes but did not specify exerting actual sovreignty.

"All the Jordan Valley should be in our hands because if left only to the Jordan itself we will have exactly the same tragedy we had before. You can not defend a place with a width of 200 meters. Every valley should be ours," Sofer insisted.

Professor Sofer said he is convinced negotiations with the PA will never bear fruit.

"No matter what Bibi says... no matter what the Palestinians say... I'm afraid there is no partner for talks at all. They want all the land of Israel and they will do everything to get it. All the speeches are just for PR purposes," Sofer said.