Friday, 20 May 2011

Allen West On Obama's Anti-Israel Speech

Tea Party Rep. Allen West has issued a response to Barack Obama‘s announcement that he backs the Palestinians’ demand that Israel redraw its borders to where they were in 1967. Not only did he call the move the “most egregious foreign policy decision” the administration has made, but he also feared this “could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”

“The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism,” West said in an e-mail to "The Blaze".

“Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.”

He concluded with some harsh criticisms: “President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security - the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”

[Editor's note: It should be stated for the sake of accuracy that, as noted here, the pre-1967 "borders" referred to above are in fact not borders, but armistice lines - temporary boundaries to be replaced in the future by a negotiated, internationally recognised border. Nevertheless, Allen West's major points still stand.]

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