June 24, 2011 | Amb. Dore Gold
On May 19, 2011, when President Barak Obama first made his controversial reference to the 1967 lines as the basis for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, he introduced one main caveat that stuck out: the idea that there would be "land swaps" between the two sides. He additionally mentioned that both sides were entitled to "secure and recognized borders." But the land swaps captured the imagination of those who tried to analyze the full significance of what Obama said. It also raised many questions. Did the promise of a land swap counterbalance or offset his statement about the 1967 lines?