Fact: Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinians land equaling 100% of the West Bank and Abbas still said no.
Via USA Today:
President Obama told Palestinians they “deserve an end to occupation” and an “independent state of their own,” during a visit Thursday to a territory that Palestinians want as a nation.
Back in Israel, Obama said the Jewish state is at a crossroads and must help create and independent Palestinian state for the secure future of Israel. He said Israel could not expect to remain safe without peace because “extremists” thrive on conflict.
“It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own,” he told hundreds of Israeli students in a speech. “Palestinians have a right to be free people in their own land.”
Following a two-hour visit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama’s asserted that the borders for a Palestinian the state can only be settled through negotiations with Israel and that protect the national security of the Jewish state.
His visit was greeted by small protests and rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza into Israel. The rockets landed in a town in southern Israel but did not cause any injuries.
Hoping to move the Middle East peace process forward, Obama flew by helicopter Thursday the short distance from Jerusalem to Ramallah, the seat of Palestinian government. Obama was met by Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ longtime peace negotiator.
It is the first time Obama has been to the West Bank as president, a territory conferred limited state status by the United Nations last November.