Friday, May 20, 2011

What Were You Thinking, Mr. President?

President Obama called for a return to the 1967, pre-Six Day War borders in a speech yesterday outlining his policies for peace in the Middle East.

The president has taken an indefensible position, as it means compelling Israel to give up Old Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to the Palestinians as their initial negotiating position. That will not happen, so negotiations are a non-starter.

Worse still, we have sent a signal to Israel: you are on your own. We have now made a general Arab-Israeli war more likely, a war with potential to go nuclear.

P.S. I'm hardly alone in feeling this way.

P.P.S. For background, pick up Six Days of War by Ambassador Michael Oren. Well-written and in-depth.