Regardless of whether reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to negotiate based on the 1967 borders are true, now is a good time to ask a question. When Israel eventually does negotiate on the 1967 borders, what are all those people who jumped up and down screaming hysterically when President Obama had the temerity to suggest it as a way forward going to say?
I think it's time to start making a list. Here's a run down of statements from GOP candidates from Politico on May 19:
1. Mitt Romney: “President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace. He has also violated a first principle of American foreign policy, which is to stand firm by our friends.”
2. Michele Bachmann: “[Obama] betrayed our friend and ally Israel. Obama’s call for 1967 borders will cause chaos, division & more aggression in Middle East and put Israel at further risk.”
3. Tim Pawlenty: Obama's call for negotiations based on the 1967 borders was "a mistaken, a very dangerous demand."
All you eager commenters, feel free to add some more names. Bonus points for statements from self-appointed leaders of the Jewish community.
P.S. The land swaps negotiated by Barak and Olmert have no connection to the defense of Israels borders, as Gen. (Ret.) Sharoni told a group of us last week. It is purely a matter of demographics. The swaps have no impact on security, and are simply meant to bring as many settlers as possible within internationally recognized borders.