Following the speeches by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Republicans, along with a few Democrats, see an opportunity to cultivate a wedge issue against the president. For example, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Obama “threw Israel under the bus.” Several Jewish Democratic Congressmen have pushed back with the truth: in calling for negotiations to start at the 1967 borders, and for those borders to be changed through mutually agreed land swaps, Obama is not saying anything new or radical. Yet the demagoguery continues, with claims that Obama is calling for Israel to go back to the 1967 borders–period. Lawrence O’Donnell called out the falsehood of such claims and pointed out that Netanyahu, in his speech to Congress, promoted the same stance on borders as Obama:
O’Donnell: All of the outrage was based on the lie that President Obama said that he believes the solution is to go back to Israel’s 1967 borders which he never, ever said. …When it was the prime minister’s turn to give his big speech to Congress just five days after President Obama’s speech, he used slightly different language, but he said exactly the same thing President Obama said. …The Prime Minister is saying there will be some settlements that will be beyond those borders that will have to be included in the new border that defines Israel. That is exactly what President Obama was saying when he referred to using the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. …The president’s position and the prime minister’s position are identical. You would ever know that by listening to the hysterics who wrongly believe they are rising in Israel’s defense. …The position of the president of the United States on Israel’s future borders is identical to the position of Israel’s prime minister.