Date: May 21, 2011
From: Geoffrey Smith
Subject: Lines in the sand
Drawing lines in the sand is old hat to American presidents (Obama Draws A Line In The Sand, Prods Israel To Accept ’67 Borders – May 20). But it is also tricky business. Barack Obama’s invitation to return to the boundaries between Israelis and Palestinians before the 1967 war deserves serious attention, especially given the winds of change blowing through the Middle East.
But these winds have a history of erasing any and all lines drawn in sand. The only way Mr. Obama’s initiative will succeed is for Israel to join wholeheartedly in the peace process.