Does Anyone Seriously Believe That the '67 Would Not Have Served as the Basis for Negotiations?

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I guess I'm a little gobsmacked at the way this controversy is being presented, because I've been under the impression, going back to the Clinton era, that every American negotiator -- including various secretaries of state -- understood that the ultimate goal of Middle East peace negotiations was to achieve a Palestinian state on nearly all of the West Bank. Excluded from this Palestinian state -- a demilitarized Palestinian state, as President Obama affirmed in his speech -- would be the major settlement blocs, the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and quite a few square miles of West Bank land that abut Israel's narrow waist. Various negotiators have told me that this was the obvious target. So all that President Obama did earlier today is codify reality, a codification his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, began a year and a half ago. So why are we treating this moment as a cataclysm?

Here's Yossi Verter on the general subject:

The Israeli-Palestinian arrangement Obama outlined consisted of self-evident components. Any child knows this is what the arrangement would be, with some nuances. Obama rewarded Bibi with two points: his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state - i.e. the end of the conflict - and his unequivocal statement against a unilateral UN declaration of Palestinian statehood in September.
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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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