Yes, I'm referring to his comments telling Israel that a starting point for negotiations with the PLO and Hamas will be a return to the 1967 borders. Why is this appallingly stupid?
Well, start with the fact that he's basically saying that Israel needs to negotiate with people who launch rocket attacks from elementary schools and hospitals at elementary schools and hospitals. Exactly why would we think we can negotiate with those who would risk their own children to attack another nation's innocent children? The precondition for talks should be a concession--in Arabic, Hebrew, and English and in these groups' constitutions--that Israel has a right to exist, and that when attacked, Israel has the right to retaliate and take land from whence the attacks are launched.
Militarily, the Obama proposal is a nonstarter simply because of Israel's geography; the West Bank and Golan Heights are, more or less, thousands of feet higher than the rest of Israel. Hence, to give up control of these areas more or less puts all of Israel within artillery range of the PLO and Hamas.
For that matter, the PLO and Hamas ought to reject this plan; if the Israeli Army and Air Force are unable to defend the land through ordinary means, guess what happens to the West Bank and Golan Heights when the casualties mount? If they do not reject this plan, it means that their leaders really, really, really love death.
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