But did he?... endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on the borders of their future state.
Here's what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been demanding with respect to those borders:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday laid out his most specific demands for the borders of a future independent state, calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war [...]
And here's Obama's proposal:In a television interview, Abbas said the Palestinians want to establish a state on 6,205 square kilometers (2,400 square miles) of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was the first time he has given a precise number for the amount of land he is seeking. "We have 6,205 square kilometers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Abbas told Palestine TV. "We want it as it is." According to Palestinian negotiating documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Palestinian demands include all of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, east Jerusalem and small areas along the West Bank frontier that were considered no-man's land before the 1967 war.
This is essentially what Presidents Bush and Clinton before him supported, what former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered in 2008 (rejected by Abbas) and what many believe the Israelis are prepared to accept. It is quite different from what the Palestinians have been demanding.We believe 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.
Only at Reuters could Obama's words be construed as an "endorsement" of those demands.
UPDATE 4:30 PM: Here's what Obama had to say today in his speech before AIPAC:
Reuters correspondents are so busy cheering for the Palestinians, they're not listening to the words being broadcast over the P.A. (Public Address not Palestinian Authority) system.... since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means.
By definition, it means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. It is a well known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last forty-four years, including the new demographic realities on the ground and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.