Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Netanyahu comes to Washington after Obama's support for the peace process with Palestinians

Washington .- The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, now offers a speech before both houses of Congress, in a moment of clear disagreement with Washington over the conditions for reviving the peace process in the Middle East. Netanyahu will go before the U.S. Congress. UU. after last week rejected the vision of President Barack Obama to reopen negotiations for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip based on the 1967 borders.

Sources close to Netanyahu hinted Monday that Netanyahu will provide some "surprises" in his speech, but refused to elaborate. The Israeli government has officially said that Netanyahu, who today completed a five-day visit to Washington, will review the changes in the Middle East, the situation in Iran and the principles for a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

According to Israeli officials, Netanyahu is among the few world leaders who have been invited to give a speech before the U.S. legislature. UU. for the second time, joining leaders of the stature of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Yitzhak Rabin. The first time that Netanyahu addressed the U.S.

Congress. UU. was in 1996 during his first term as prime minister. Peace negotiations were interrupted mainly by disagreements over Jewish settlements in the West Bank and, until now, no concrete plan has emerged to reactivate. While Netanyahu will find a receptive Congress for his government and staunch defender of U.S.

foreign policy. UU. in Israel, his speech remains on tenterhooks for the political class. For now, most analysts believe that Netanyahu will not seek escalate tensions with Washington after Obama's speech last Thursday. At that time, Obama said the 1967-delineated borders before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem should serve as a framework for peace negotiations in the Middle East.

Aware of his speech caused discomfort among Israelis, Obama said Sunday before the conference of AIPAC Jewish lobby that his proposal was "not particularly original." The basic framework for negotiations has long been the basis for discussions between the parties, even during previous administrations "U.S..

UU. Obama said. "As questions have been raised, let me repeat what I actually said on Thursday, not what I say. I said that the United States believes that negotiations should produce two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine, "the president.

He said that "the borders of Israel and Palestine must be based on the 1967 lines, before the Six Day War, with" mutually agreed land swaps, so establishing secure and recognized borders for both states. " According to Obama, both Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a boundary other than that there was the June 4, 1967.

"It is a formula familiar to those who have worked on this issue for a generation" and that, in his view, take into account changes that have emerged in the last 44 years and "demographic realities on the ground," Obama emphasized.

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