Bush, Clinton endorsed pre-1967 borders for Palestinian state

The new Republican doctrine demands erasing the old Republican doctrine, even if the old doctrine was acceptable a few years ago. GOP hacks are as busy as apparatchiks in the old Soviet Union who erased out-of-favor Communist VIPs from official photographs.
Anything that President Obama proposes is automatically subjected to bristling condemnation, even if the GOP supported it three years ago. Given that, it’s no great surprise that Mitt Romney is claiming Obama “threw Israel under the bus” in his Mid-East speech yesterday, in which the president called for a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders.
But just for the sake of adherence to facts, it’s worthwhile to check out recent history. As Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg points out:

I’m amazed at the amount of insta-commentary out there suggesting that the President has proposed something radical and new by declaring that Israel’s 1967 borders should define — with land-swaps — the borders of a Palestinian state. I’m feeling a certain Groundhog Day effect here. This has been the basic idea for at least 12 years. This is what Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat were talking about at Camp David, and later, at Taba. This is what George W. Bush was talking about with Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. (Emphasis added.) So what’s the huge deal here? Is there any non-delusional Israeli who doesn’t think that the 1967 border won’t serve as the rough outline of the new Palestinian state?

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morris wise

May 20th, 2011
2:37 pm

UN peacemakers who are forcing Israel to return to its Pre-67 borders have only a short term solution. Eventually Israeli`s will have to face charging Muslim armies who are shouting: GOD IS GREAT. But after that bloody battle is over, God will be cursed, and Atheists will bring peace to a secular Middle-East.


May 20th, 2011
3:08 pm

They conveniently leave out the land swaps portion, as well.

Matt Davis

May 20th, 2011
3:25 pm

Cynthia, Jeffrey Goldberg’s statement is unsourced. There’s not one shred of evidence that I can find to indicate that George W. Bush actively sought Israel returning to 1967 borders. In fact, Bush wrote a letter to PM Sharon in 2004 stating, “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”

You would serve your readers well by actually doing some research to back up claims before you publish them.

laughing my @$$ off

May 20th, 2011
6:22 pm

Funny how Obama and his cronies (Tucker, AJC, MSMBC, NBC, etc) run to Bush for cover when Barry gets in trouble isn’t it? Fact is, and this is well documented, Bush, in 04, supported the post 67 borders. This must be the talking point of the DNC, distributed from the White House:

Confuse, lie, do whatever, our guy screwed up and we’ve got to cover it up!

Obama, who blames Bush, for everything, and won’t credit Bush for anything, is now trying to take cover by running to him. Yet, in this case, it requires a big fat Barry O lie!

laughing my @$$ off

May 20th, 2011
6:23 pm

One more question Cynthia, will you still call everyone who doesn’t vote for Obama a racist when we vote for Cain?


May 20th, 2011
8:34 pm

May 20th, 2011
12:18 pm

“And I see that we have our first “Soros” posting of the day.

For those that still haven’t requested your updated cards, you are at a serious disadvantage because “Soros” has become the #1 talking point here.”

Surely old pal, you have no fear of an open discussion about Seros and the relationship your “opinion writer” damsel is so proud of, now do you? Just for my edification, what “cards” are you playing today? See ya later spout, er, or is it sport? Naw, I like spout better.


May 20th, 2011
9:24 pm

We need to stop funding this blood thirsty regime in Israel.

Its time these conservatives decide whether their loyalty lies with America or with a foreign country called Israel.


May 21st, 2011
5:41 am

Not trying to take sides here – but who are you to say there will never be a Palestinian state? Take your outrage back to high school

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 21st, 2011
6:45 am

There won’t be peace in the middle east until, across that region, good, freedom-loving people are standing over the shattered, smoldering corpses of the Islamofascists.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 21st, 2011
7:32 am

Bush, Clinton endorsed pre-1967 borders for Palestinian state
11:15 am May 20, 2011, by ctucker


Here’s what our President Bush actually stated:

“As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.”

Doug Hendrixson

May 21st, 2011
2:14 pm

But now, there are 300,000 Israeli’s living in settlements within the West Bank. Return to the pre-1967 boundaries and you would have to uproot the equivalent of a large city, or face the near inevitability of unprecedented slaughter. And this is not to mention the indefensibility of Israel itself where the country would be 9 miles wide at a point and within Palestinian and Syrian artillery range all the way to the Mediterranean. There is a reason that Clinton’s and Bush’s suggestions to return to the pre-1967 boundaries were scrapped.

No One Important

May 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

Jordan is 60% palestinian. They have a palestinian queen. Why the press for a second palestinian state?

Thaaaaaaaat’s right. Look it up. . . .Jordan is Palestinian.

Why won’t any of the arab nations open their doors to these “oh so poor put upon” palestinians? Hmmmm?

Oh sure, they point them when they want to use them, but, Jordan was stripping some of citizenship last year, no yelling about Egypt who has part of the wall?

Ohhh, nooooo, none of these so called other arab brothers will open their nation wide to the palestinians. . .. .

Ask yourselves why? Why won’t even their arab brothers give a chunk of their nation to these oh so poor palestinians, hmmm?

Why Israel? Hmmm? Why not Jordan, who is actually Palestinian. Ohh noooo, it’s all Israel’s fault, huh?

Maybe – the palestinians should start to ask themselves why no one on this planet wants them. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something wrong with the palestinians, hmmm?

That they bring hate and destruction everywhere they go? When the Palestinians start loving their children more than they hate another people, there will be peace.