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May 31, 2011 – GING-PAC endorsed Representative Ann Marie Buerkle has strongly condemned President Obama’s speech on Israel.
Buerkle, who is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said this of Obama’s speech:
In his speech last week, he [Obama] continued a long and unsavory tradition of many American liberals by implying moral equivalence between the Israeli government and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
One has to question whether the belief in this moral equivalence influenced the President’s demand for Israel to revert to its pre-1967 lines. President Obama’s vague language regarding “swaps” of land fails to acknowledge Israel’s sovereignty over its own country and its own capital, Jerusalem.
While the President chose not to discuss what swaps would be made, he asserted that a Palestinian state would need to be contiguous and border Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. The only way to create a contiguous Palestinian state is to connect Gaza with the West Bank. This move would effectively divide Israel. Thus, President Obama believes in a contiguous Palestine, but not a contiguous Israel.
According to Rep. Buerkle:
The President’s call for Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders, in the absence of an agreement between the two parties, is not only strategically indefensible for our vital ally, but morally indefensible for the Administration. It is not a reality that friends of Israel can or should accept. America must demonstrate to Israel and the Jewish people true friendship by refusing to pressure Israel to make itself even more vulnerable to terrorist attacks on its soil.
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