Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mahmoud Zahar (Senior Hamas Leader) Rejects Obama's '1967 Border' Call

What Obama may have does is push the sides further apart. Setting the 1967 line as the starting point means the Palestinians will expect to be negotiating for more than that as apposed to striving for the 1967 lines exchanging, for example, the 'right to return' which is a non-starter anyways.

It does not look like Obama even has the support of his party.


"Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Monday that it was clear that US President Barack Obama's platform was not so different from the one adopted by former US president George W. Bush. According to Zahar, the 1967 borders, while "sacred," were not the final borders on which the Palestinians should settle.

Speaking to Al-Emirate Al-Youm, Zahar asked "Why won't we talk about the 1948 borders? Why won't we discuss the partition plan which was internationally recognized?"

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