The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.
The second - the fate of the so called 'refugees'.
Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
There was quite a hue and cry this last week about those two statements. Many said that Obama did not fully understand the nature of the Israel-Arab situation and therefore did not mean what he said.
The more I have thought about this, the more I disagree. I believe that President Obama truly did understand what he was saying and meant every word. Obama is a committed leftist and as we know from his associations over the years that he is pro-Palestinian. He believes that his extreme liberal agenda is more important than even being President of the United States. We know this from his fight to get ObamaCare through Congress. He was willing to lose (which he did) the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate (which came close) in order to get his healthcare bill passed not caring about those Democrats who fell on their sword to vote for a very unpopular piece of legislation.
If Obama knew that there was going to be such outrage over his 1967 borders statement and the return of "Palestinian" refugees, why did he go ahead and make those comments? I believe it was a brilliant idea on his part. Whenever there is an idea or concept that is taboo in normal society - the first time that it's made public or spoken about it is a big deal. The second time - it's still a big deal, but the reaction isn't as severe. The third time and so on, it's no longer a big deal and it can be spoken about as part of normal discussion.
Return to 1967 borders and the return of the refugees have been "taboo" subjects when discussing the Middle East "peace" talks. By bringing them up, Obama has begun the process of legitimizing the concepts - resulting in the hue and cry that we mentioned before. But it is certainly not an accident. It was done on purpose. It will only be a matter of time when return to 1967 borders and return of the Arab refugees en masse will be part of the discussion. Just wait and see.