Among other problems, the pre-67 lines are "indefensible."
Obama back-tracked a bit on Sunday, in a speech at, of all places, an AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) convention. He's now saying that Israel and Palestine should "negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967."
According to Think Progress, Obama's position is nothing new and mirrors policies during the Bush and Clinton era. I'm not so sure. Foreign Policy, for one, calls it a shift in American policy.
It bothered LV Congressman Charlie Demt, who released this statement: "I am concerned by the President’s unexpected remarks involving Israel and the Palestinian territories. Unlike previous periods of friction in the Middle East, today’s turmoil in Arab nations is not fueled by the Arab people’s opposition to the state of Israel, but is instead rooted in their determination to end years of authoritarian rule. By calling on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, the President has chosen to pursue an abrupt shift in American Middle East policy at a time when he must instead focus on supporting potentially transformational democratic movements and eliminating the ever-present threat of terrorism.
“Though I share the President’s goal of developing peace between Israel and all of its neighbors, applying significant pressure on our closest ally in the Middle East to ultimately make territorial concessions to the Palestinian authority, which has yet to recognize Israel’s right to exist and eliminate terrorist elements within its existing borders, is deeply troubling.”