Either the White House is clueless, or U.S. policy has just changed to include pre-1967 Israel as 'occupied' Palestinian land
What an odd, odd statement from the White House chief of staff.
Denis McDonough told a J Street conference Monday that the "50-year" Israeli "occupation" must end. The current year is 2015, which means the McDonough is dating the "occupation" to 1965, when the West Bank was under Jordanian control. The only entities that believe Israel "occupied" Palestinian land pre-1967 are: the entire Arab world, Jew- and Israel-haters. So is the White House now saying that entire State of Israel "occupies" Palestinian land?
Here's his statement, according to Times of Israel:
“an occupation that has lasted for more than 50 years must end."
Was it a mistake? Did he mean to say 48-year occupation (dating from 1967)? Or is there something more sinister at play?
McDonough also continued to hammer at a point that any fair person has long since abandoned, that Binyamin Netanyahu changed his stance on Palestinian statehood during the recently concluded Israeli election campaign.
“That’s why the prime minister’s comments on the eve of the election [that] made very clear that a Palestinian state will not be established while he is prime minister were so very troubling,” McDonough said.
Is this where Obama administration policy is heading, to questioning Israel's very existence? That Israel "occupies" Palestinian land on every square inch of the State of Israel?
One can only hope McDonough will clarify these very troubling comments.