Dear Western media, There were NO 1967 ‘borders’

In their July 20 Washington Post article about an apparent deal to get Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, correspondents Anne Gearan and William Booth write the following:

Palestinian leaders have balked at returning to the bargaining table without a promise that negotiations over a future Palestinian state would be based in principle on the pre-1967 borders.

One problem with this sentence, but it’s a huge one: there never were any pre-1967 “borders” between Israel and its neighbors — only a 1949 armistice line that Arab leaders twice sought to erase when they waged existential wars to annihilate Israel in 1967 and again in 1973. The Arab aggressors obviously didn’t succeed. Israel’s victories resulted in the capture of Sinai, Gaza, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem.

Now, the Palestinians essentially want a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem so as to convert the 1949 armistice line into the western border of a Palestinian state. 

But any way you want to slice it, a “border” still awaits a formal peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. In the meantime, there is only a 1949 armistice line.

As to whether there is any validity to returning to the pre-1967 line, as the Post erroneously suggests, the international community in the form of the U.N. Security Council has ruled exactly in the negative.

Love of the Land

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