Netanyahu Urges U.S. Return to 1845 Borders
Israeli PM calls for “just solution” to end the conflict
Aboard Air Force Aleph (Reuters) – Speaking to reporters accompanying
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his long flight to the
United States tonight, Netanyahu spoke of the injustice and hardship
Mexicans have endured since American forces annexed Texas in 1845.
“Tens of thousands of ordinary Mexicans were driven out of their homes – the only homes they had known for centuries - and forced to live in poverty and squalor south of the border imposed by American aggression,” Netanyahu said.
“The Israeli and Mexican people agree on this: This
festering wound will never heal until America takes bold steps to return
to the internationally accepted lines of 1845."
"Clearly the settlement
activity that’s taken place occupied Mexico since then is illegal. When I
meet the President tomorrow I will tell him to halt all building
activity in Texas immediately. Two lands for two peoples, yes, but not
on land taken by force from Mexico,” the Prime Minister said.
|President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press conference following their meeting in the Oval Office. Screen-shot from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Asked if his hard-line stance could hurt the U.S.-Israel relationship, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to America’s security and the unshakeable friendship shared by the two countries, then added, “But who was it who said, part of friendship is being able to tell your friend the truth. The ball is now in Obama’s court.”