Gamal Helal: President Obama supports the Arab viewpoint, that Israel must be reduced in size to be allowed to live in “peace”.
Gamal Helal is a former adviser to US presidents on Middle East affairs, told the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that what Obama has done is adopt the Arab line concerning negotiations.
Helal noted that for the Arabs – from the Egyptians to the Jordanians to the Palestinians – the 1967 borders have always been the starting point for any peace process, since they don’t believe they should lose any territory as a result of their past efforts to destroy Israel.
“The US stance in all the past years has been to agree to the solutions agreed by the sides through the negotiations without the United States stipulating anything so that this stipulation would not be an obstacle at the negotiations,” said Helal.
He continued: “This new thesis, which President Obama presented in his Thursday’s speech, supports the Arab viewpoint, and is a basic hindrance for the Israeli side, which links the size of Israel before 1967 to the ability to defend it, as the Israelis say that if Israel is of small area, it will be difficult to defend it.”
Source: Israel Today.