US and Israel Standoff Over 1967 Borders Continues

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Barack Obama makes a statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty)

Relations between the White House and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain strained, after a confluence of U.S. policy statements and Israeli response has left the two countries' leaderships at odds on the path towards peace. The diplomatic strife comes mainly from comments the president made in a speech last week saying that land swaps and a general return to pre-1967 borders in the area was the best way forward for Palestinians and Israelis. But what has America's relationship been with these borders for the last 44 years? 

For more is historian Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned."

Guests:

Kenneth C. Davis

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [1]

listener

A key problem is how clouded the history tends to be in this conflict.

"Yeah, of course, what do you think we have been talking about for the past 45 years." Is that really an accurate description of the Palestinian response in the last 45 years?
In the first place, The West Bank was lost to Jordan only because the Jordanians attacked Israel during the Six Day War.

The famous Khartoum Resolution in August, 1967 summed up the response neatly; "No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations". This is what they were talking about for over two decades. In 2000 at Camp David a generous offer along the 1967 lines was offered but was rejected by the Palestinians and a new wave of conflict emerged. Gaza was returned to the 1967 lines and rockets into Israel was the response. To name those few examples is the reason for Israeli apprehension and thus the true "nature of the deadlock".

May. 23 2011 12:05 PM

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