Just before I left work yesterday, the BBC News site flashed up a ‘Breaking News’ headline, saying that US President George W ‘lets bomb the hell out of everything’ Bush had declared that Israel should retreat back to pre-67 borders.
The statement as recorded this morning is that he declared there should be:
“…an end to the occupation that began in 1967“.
“The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.“
I never thought that I would hear this president, this right-wing, evangelical-backed, warmongering president, make the strongest statement on Israeli borders of any in the last few decades. Wow. Well, I guess its true: the final year in office makes all presidents pragmatists.
Good on you George. It’s the first thing you’ve ever done that has made me respect you. Lets hope your people can pull this off…
(Which, to be fair, isn’t amazingly likely. But we can hope, right?)