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Eric Cantor blames conflict on refusal to accept Israel

Cantor blames conflict on refusal to accept Israel

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, jpost.com

May 23, 2011 | 11:39 am

US Congressman tells AIPAC audience that ‘67 lines not the obstacle to peace, the Jerusalem Post reports.

A top Republican Congressman took a swipe at US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy in a speech to America’s biggest pro-Israel lobby Sunday that won enthusiastic backing from the crowd.

Calling the Palestinian culture one “infused with resentment and hatred,” US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor blamed that mindset as the obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, not border issues as highlighted by Obama in recent days.

“It is this culture that underlies the Palestinians’ and the broader Arab world’s refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” he declared. “This is the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. It is not about the ‘67 lines.”

Obama sparked controversy in the pro-Israel community when he called for the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps to be the basis of a Palestinian state on Thursday and again before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference Sunday.

Read more at jpost.com.

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