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U.S.-Israel tension over President Barack Obama's endorsement of Israel's pre-1967 borders is obscuring a flip side of the Middle East coin: The past days' speeches by the U.S. president contained difficult challenges for the Palestinians as well.
It has been a week since Arabs marched on Israel's borders on four sides, yet that media spectacle remains a potent metaphor for the mounting threats facing the tiny Jewish state, from Hezbollah taking over Lebanon to the Hamas-partnered Palestinian government attempting to circumvent peace talks by unilaterally declaring statehood at the United Nations.
Six years after the Pentagon cut off Israel from defense technology over concerns about leaks to China, U.S. military support for Israel's missile defenses has produced interceptors capable of knocking out ballistic missiles and harder-to-hit artillery rockets.
Protest groups shouted and halted traffic Sunday outside the Washington convention center where President Obama spoke before the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country's largest pro-Israel lobbyist.
President Obama failed to ease mounting worries of key Jewish donors Sunday at a speech before the annual policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
President Obama, seeking to quell criticism of his call Thursday for the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state to be based on 1967 lines, stressed to the country's biggest pro-Israel lobby on Sunday that he also supports land swaps between the two sides to reflect changes on the ground during the past 40 years.
The White House was caught by surprise by the furor over President Obama's statements on Israel in his major foreign-policy speech on Thursday. Mr. Obama's defenders pointed out his position is consistent with long-standing administration policy, which explains why the peace process has been a raging failure.
FBI agents thought they were hunting a spy for Israel in 2004 when they sought to raid the offices of a top lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Washington Times.
J Street, the liberal Middle East policy advocacy organization, on Sunday issued a statement acknowledging what the group had earlier denied: J Street received financial support from billionaire George Soros.