Gaffney: Obama "Helped Catalyze The Next Middle East War" With Call For Return To 1967 Borders

Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

In a May 23 Washington Times column, Frank Gaffney Jr. wrote that President Obama "has helped catalyze the next Middle East war by declaring that Israel must return to the 1967 borders." Gaffney further stated: "It is in America's vital interests to deter more wars in the Middle East, not invite them. If Mr. Obama persists in the latter, his already checkered record as commander in chief may make him best remembered as the man who elected to precipitate World War III." However, as Media Matters has noted, Obama's comments were in line with those of President George W. Bush, who also supported a two-state plan based on pre-1967 borders.

From Gaffney's column:

Beyond his embrace of the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood, Mr. Obama has helped catalyze the next Middle East war by declaring that Israel must return to the 1967 borders, whose indefensibility induced the Arab nations to precipitate the Six-Day War of that year. However much the president may deny it and point to others as supporting a "two-state solution" based on such borders, the Jewish state cannot survive without the high ground, strategic depth and aquifers of the Golan Heights and West Bank. Period.

It is in America's vital interests to deter more wars in the Middle East, not invite them. If Mr. Obama persists in the latter, his already checkered record as commander in chief may make him best remembered as the man who elected to precipitate World War III.

Previously:

Hannity Falsely Claims "No President" Before Obama "Has Ever Suggested" 1967 Israeli Borders

Doocy Falsely Claims Obama "First President" To "Suggest" 1967 Israeli Borders

Right-Wing Media Attack Obama For Announcing Israel Policy Espoused By Bush, Former Israeli Prime Minister

We've changed our commenting system to Disqus.
Instructions for signing up and claiming your comment history are located here.
Updated rules for commenting are here.