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The Israel question

"The Israel question" Continued...

Two-state solutions for Israel and Palestinians predate the formal creation of modern-day Israel in 1948, but most recently were formalized at the Annapolis Conference in 2007. There Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States formally agreed to the creation of two states living side by side as the basis for peace negotiations.

But those negotiations have disintegrated since, with both sides laying claim to parts of the West Bank and to Jerusalem as their capital. Obama famously riled Israelis in a 2011 speech calling for a Palestinian state "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps." As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out, before 1967 and the Six-Day War, "Israel was all of nine miles wide, half the width of the Washington beltway. … And these were not the boundaries of peace, they were the boundaries of repeated wars because the attack on Israel was so attractive."

For many that marked the beginning of a widening rift between Israelis, Jewish voters, and the Obama administration. More recently that's been characterized by key defections.

In August former New Republic editor Marty Peretz, a 2008 Obama supporter, gave a scathing critique of Obama's policy toward Israel in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. The Republican Jewish Coalition has launched a multimillion-dollar nationwide "buyer's remorse" ad campaign featuring Jewish leaders who supported Obama in 2008 but plan to vote for Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012. For them, Democratic pratfalls at this month's convention only confirmed their change of heart.

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