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Daybreak: U.S. Attempts to Restart Mideast Peace Talks

Plus, Israel and Syria dispute border clashes, and more in the news

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• U.S. officials, hoping to restart peace negotiations based on President Obama’s May 19 speech, have met separately with Netanyahu’s special envoy and Abbas’ spokesman. [Haaretz]

• Isreal disputed Syria’s account of border clashes this weekend, arguing it was an attempt to divert attention from antigovernment uprisings in Syria [NYT]

• Speaking of which, the Syrian government’s claims of heavy attacks from “armed gangs” were disputed by the opposition, but signal a potentially violent escalation in the popular uprising [NYT]

• Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) drafted a resolution that calls for the U.S. to stop American funding of the U.N.’s General Assembly if the GA grants Palestinian statehood in September. So far, the bill has no co-sponsors. [Jerusalem Post]

• Democrats are distancing themselves from Anthony Weiner after he admitted yesterday to innappropriate communications with several woman online. [NYT]

• Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi visited Granada, the first such visit since Jews were expelled five centuries ago. It went well. [NYT]

• Coldplay removed the link to the song “Freedom for Palestine” from the band’s Facebook page, without explanation. [Ynet]

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

It must be kept in mind at all times: The basis for peace talks has always been and must continue to be UN Security Council Resolution, 242, and not any attempts that are designed to circumvent it.

242 was designed to bring about an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people.

242 passed unanimously at the Security Council, and has eventually been accepted by ALL parties to the Arab Israeli conflict as the basis for reaching peace in the region.

242 has served successfully to reach peace treaties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors.

242 does expect the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to withdraw from “territories” captured during the defensive June 1967 Six-Day War. But no where in 242 does the Resolution suggest to which specific lines they must withdraw, nor do the 1949 armistice lines – wrongly dubbed ‘1967 borders’ – are mentioned. Instead, 242 expects the IDF to withdraw to “secure and recognized boundaries”, to be reached by negotiations.

And, 242 does not suggest that an additional state in the region is needed, nor does 242 mention concepts such as “Palestinians”, “Palestine” or a “Palestinian state”.

It is high time people cease attempting to dictate to the parties their hostile views and instead of making reference to the “1967 borders” should promote 242 as is, if indeed they – including Mr. B.H.Obama – actually hope to ever see an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel.

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