Just as we would expect from him, President Obama has thrown his lot in with the Arabs and is demanding Israel to withdraw to the 1967 “borders” as part of his new Middle East peace plan curtain raising. I use the scare quotes because they were never actually historical borders, not in any genuine sense of the word, but merely an armistice line resulting from Israel’s war of independence in 1948. There is nothing about those armistice lines upon which the Palestinians can lay any objective claim– Israel might have acquired more than that in ’48, or less. No matter. Those “borders” are as fictitious and impermanent as is the 48th Parallel in Korea. Yet the real goal of pushing Israel back to pre-1967 lines isn’t about restoring “historical borders” or gaining the Palestinians a few extra acres of rocky soil on which to raise some goats. If mere acreage were the issue, Palestinians would accept the proposed land swaps allowing Israel some semblance of defensible borders. But they don’t. No, CCHQ believes the real object of Obama’s and the Palestinian’s 1967 initiative is to split Jerusalem down the center, as it was pre-1967, and establish a Palestinian capital there. Make no mistake about it, returning to ’67 is all about East Jerusalem.
What you won’t hear from President Obama, however, is that when it comes to the issue of those borders, the current Arab residents of Jerusalem don’t see eye to eye with him nor their palestinian brethren.
Arabs of Jerusalem ask Israel to remain in control
The Israeli Knesset’s Interior Committee met on Monday to discuss future control of Jerusalem as pressure mounts for Israel to surrender the city’s eastern half to the Palestinian Authority. Among those slated to address the committee were Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem who want to continue living under Israeli sovereignty.
That these Arabs would risk their lives to come forward and request to remain part of Israel debunks the international misconception most recently enunciated by US President Barack Obama that the Palestinian Arabs cannot reach their full potential or live dignified lives while under “Israeli occupation.”
It also provides further evidence for the conclusion of Israel Today’s recent cover story revealing that many Palestinian Arabs do not want an independent state, and already live in peace and prosperity with their Jewish neighbors. Monday’s Knesset gathering was called by lawmakers who are growing increasingly concerned over how parts of eastern Jerusalem are slowly falling under the de facto control of the Palestinian regime.
“Signs of Israeli sovereignty are disappearing in parts of Jerusalem that are behind the partition fence and their place is being taken by hostile elements,” wrote the lawmakers. “This, despite the lack of any decision by the Knesset or the government on the matter.”
They warned that this “impotence leads to the de facto division of Jerusalem.”