InstaPoll: Do you support long-standing U.S. commitments to Israel?

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Last Thursday, on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, President Obama outlined a framework for peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders that included as its starting point the June 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps between Israel and Palestine.  Such borders would go back to the eve of the Arab-Israeli war, which ended with the West Bank, Gaza Strip and other territories under Israel’s control.  Now, nearly 6 percent of Jewish Israelis live outside the 1967 borders and over 270,000 live in settlements that would be included in likely land swaps.  This was the first time an American president had phrased the U.S. position in these words, prompting cries of both anger and approval across the Middle East.  In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel “cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible. They don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.”  This tension has prompted questions about the strength of the United States’ commitment to Israel and has caused fear for some Israelis.




 
 
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