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This weeks 20 Questions hosts Dan Diker, the secretary-general designate of the World Jewish Congress.
Mountain or Molehill?
highlighted some of the more positive aspects of US President Barack
Obama’s Thursday speech on the Middle East, including the latter’s
commitment to support the wave of democratic reform in the region, both
from a political and economic perspective.
Diker called the latter part of the speech, which focused on the
Israeli-Arab conflict, a “watershed moment” in which the president
exposed Israel to a new and very dangerous diplomatic reality. The
president’s call for Israel to return to 1967 lines, Diker avers, will
make it impossible for Israel to defend itself against attack.
Diker continues that successive American administrations have
understood this and supported Israel’s entitlement to defensible
borders. Furthermore, the UN Security Council’s unanimously approved
Resolution 242 provides for Israel to have secure and recognized
In addition, Diker asserts that by establishing 1967 lines as a basis
for negotiations, the president ultimately delegitimized the issue of
settlements and large population centers in Judea and Samaria.
Neglecting to take a principled stand on the Palestinian right of
return, which in Diker’s words is a non starter, was another
demonstration of Obama’s fundamental shift away from previous
However, Diker postulates that Obama’s intention might have been to
derail PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts in getting an international
endorsement for statehood in the UN come September. If this is the
case, the president may have felt he had no choice but to offer the
Palestinians something to value.
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