What Was New in the Obama Speech

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Alon Pinkas writes to say that while he agrees that American policy has been to call for 1967 borders as Israel's borders since 1967. But he adds:

"I'll tell you where there is something significantly new (albeit in a speech, rather than in reality): at Camp David, in July 2000, and later in the "Clinton Parameters" of January 2001, the concept was that a deal would include the "End of conflict and finality of all claims." That was Barak's and Clinton's premise and prerequisite.

Obama is essentially saying that a Palestinian state should be established BEFORE Jerusalem and the refugees issues are resolved. That's a change.

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