Last week, Glenn was announcing the details of his ‘Restoring Courage’ event in Israel at the same time the President was calling for Israel be divided up in order to reach a two state solution. Obama doubled down on his call for Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, but Netanyahu smacked down those comments to his face.
“He is going out and saying that there's no real new policy deal. It's the same as all the other proposals. It's different than the '67 borders. How?” Glenn asked.
“There was nothing particularly original in my proposal. This basic framework for negotiations has long been the basis for discussions among the parties, including previous U.S. administrations. Since questions have been raised, let me repeat what I actually said on Thursday. I said that the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” Obama told the AIPAC.
“Name the president that said that before,” Glenn challenged.
“Now, listen to Benjamin Netanyahu. I was really impressed by what he said in front of the president. This guy's amazing. But did you notice the body language of Barack Obama during this? He didn't move,” Glenn said.
“I think for there to be peace, Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. The first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines. Because these lines are indefensible. Because 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. Remember that before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide. It was half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace. They were the boundaries of repeated wars. Because the attack on Israel was so attractive. So we can't go back to those indefensible lines and we're going to have to have a long term military presence along the Jordan. I discussed this with the president, I think, and we understand that Israel has certain security requirements that will have to come into place in any deal that we make. The second is, echo something the president just said and that is that Israel cannot negotiate with the Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas. Hamas as the president said is a terrorist organization committed to Israel's destruction. It's fired thousands of rockets on our cities, on our children. It's recently fired an empty tank rocket at a yellow school bus killing a 16 year old boy. And Hamas has just attacked you, Mr. President, and the United States for raiding the world of Bin Laden. So Israel obviously cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.”
“I think President Abbas has a simple choice. He has to decide if he negotiates or keeps his pact with Hamas or makes peace with Israel. And I can only express what I said to you just now that I hope he makes the choice, the right choice of choosing peace with Israel.”
“So the president just started the ball rolling. He can walk away from it now all he wants. But he started the ball rolling and so now that ball is rolling down the hill and he can say, well, no, that's not what I meant. But it doesn't matter because if Israel doesn't now go with the 1967 lines, they are the problem. And the president can and claim innocence: ‘What? I've been for Israel the whole time.’ But the world is moving in that direction,” Glenn said.