Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, published an article in the latest edition of Foreign Policy memorializing Israel’s remarkable victory in the Six-Day War of 1967. In those six summer days, Israel rebuffed attacks from neighboring countries despite overwhelming disadvantages. Recalling that perilous time, Oren argued for the necessity of defensible borders and a demilitarized Palestinian state. He also took the opportunity to commend President Barack Obama for his adamant support of Israel.
For this reason, Israel appreciates U.S. President Barack Obama’s opposition to unilaterally declared Palestinian statehood and negotiations with Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel, uphold previous peace agreements, and disavow terrorism. Similarly, we support the president’s call for the nonmilitarization of any future Palestinian state that must be capable of assuming ‘security responsibility.’ In his recent address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed the president’s statement that the negotiated border will be ‘different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967.’
Click here to read Oren’s article.
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