Overheard on CNN.com: Land for peace?
May 20th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Land for peace?

Comments of the Day:

“Obama is merely picking up the same plan that Israeli war hero Rabin championed to his death. I say this respectfully, because it is not an easy path, but the only one that can resolve it. I was in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem three months ago. At least half the Israelis agree with Obama's position.”– futureshock9

“You would think that the current Arab push for freedom would diminish the groups like Hamas who seek violent means to the ends. It should be clear after decades of pointless violence that peace can only be brought about through good-faith negotiation. Unfortunately, the Arabs have reneged and attacked Israel at every opportunity, rather than seeking to build their own nation. If I were a Jew, I would be very wary. The Arabs will have to put a lot on the table.” - celtic61

Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders

In his speech to the State Department, President Obama called for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, "with mutually agreed swaps," so a secure peace could be established. This story elicited more than 11,000 comments, many of them arguing the history of the Middle East conflict from the Israeli or Palestinian viewpoint. While there were accusations that Obama had "thrown Israel under the bus", many like waggendog, said, "Well yea, Obama is just publicly saying what every president has been privately saying for decades."

“As an American Jew who has worked in Israel and has friends and family there, I believe what Israel is doing is not in their own interest. A friend tells you when you are doing something wrong. Obama is doing the right thing.” - ScottNH

Many CNN.com readers hailed Obama's remarks and called for compromise. kirikintha said, "I think that President Obama has the courage to point out the painful truth : The only way to a lasting peace is to move forward. There are no winners in Middle East peace, only general levels of hell. What do you do when everyone feels disenfranchised? What do you do when both sides are hell-bent on killing each other?”

humtake, who identified as a Republican, said, "I'm not a fan of Obama, but sometimes he does what is right. And in this situation, America needs to see that something has to be done by both sides or nothing is going to change. Allies don't have to always agree. My grandparents have been married for 63 years and don't agree on everything. But both sides need to work on fixing their problems together."

apeinclothes said, "There isn't another option if Israel wants to remain a Jewish-majority state. There are too many Palestinians to keep them in limbo indefinitely; neighboring Arab countries aren't going to absorb them, and the longer this goes on the more demographics favor the Palestinians. Israel either has to give up enough land to allow for a viable Palestinian state or choose between being Jewish-majority or being a democracy."

Is Obama about to break the law?

The deadline for congressional approval of U.S. military intervention in Libya is here. Without approval, the mission must stop within 30 days. But the issue has not been discussed or approved in Congress. Is President Obama "shredding the Constitution," as Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, describes it?

Slapdeezel said, "U.S. law doesn't apply to a NATO-led operation." dec12887 replied, "Cite the law that gives exception to NATO-led operations. There isn't one, so stop lying to yourself." JERBOA said, " It does not matter if it's a NATO operation. If the president sends troops to an armed conflict he needs the consent of Congress."

RyanHicks said, "The 60-day grace period ends today, yes. If Congress does not give approval by close of business today, then the president has 30 days to recall our forces before he has done something illegal. He still is in compliance for another month."

falcon615 said, "I am a liberal Democrat and voted for Obama in the primary. I support most of his policies and believe we are doing the right thing in Libya. Even though our action is intermittent, however, it should still be done legally. Obama should go to Congress, and they should authorize him to continue."

Gupta: Cell phones, brain tumors and a wired earpiece

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta almost always uses a wired earpiece while talking on the cellphone. Data shows, he writes, that people who used a cell phone 10 years or more doubled the risk of developing a brain tumor. Eileen said, "I am curious. He specifies that he uses a wired earpiece. I wonder if that is significant or just coincidental. I have a Bluetooth wireless earpiece. Is it less safe than a wired one?" crcroce replied, "Bluetooth is the same as having your cell phone up against your head. Either wear a wired set or don't bother. And not all cell phones are created equal. Some have twice as much radiation as others."

But other readers disagreed. David, who said he worked for a major cell phone manufacturer and in the Mobile phone industry for 16 years said, "Please use a Bluetooth headset, not a wired one. Radio Frequency (RF) radiation travels up a wired headset and is like an amplifier! Keep your phone away from your body and use a Bluetooth, which emits very low radiation compared to phone. There is a reason manufacturers hire an army of lawyers to cover their liability. My father was on his crackberry for hours per day and died of a brain tumor located over the ear where he always had his phone. Don't become a statistic."

Shelly Kalnitsky said both options were bad. "I am the editor of the cell phone radiation news bureau. I receive reports of brain tumors every month from cell and cordless phones. Wired headsets conduct up to three times more radiation into your ear than just placing the phone there. Bluetooth is equally as bad as the signal from the phone carries radiation directly into your ear."

Vadi said, "I work for a cell phone company and had to use a cell phone daily for a continuous period of time. I was diagnosed with Accoustic Neuroma and underwent a surgery. I believe that tumor was caused by the cell phone. Mark said, "As somebody who had a brain tumor removed, I always use a wired headpiece when using my cell phone now."

Diane Raymond said, "My husband is a long term survivor of a glioblastoma multiforme IV brain tumor. He used the Motorola "brick" cell phone 18 years ago for a lot for business calls and regular use. I know others who have lost loved ones to this type of cancer and used the "brick.” I believe that there is a correlation."

Ann asked, "What about the cordless phones many of us use in our homes? Do they have the same effect on our brains?” dan asked, "What about the oxygen machine for sleep apnea? It has a modem and has to be near your head every night."

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Carl Remy

    I beleive the bible. God gave that land to Israel a chosen people. It is not for us to divide up. Israel a blessing or a curse. You decide. Will you be a blessing to Israel or a curse. If you choose to curse Israel you will be cursed. If you choose to bless Israel you will be blessed. This is a sign of the times we live in. Jesus will return soon. I am appalled that our president has chosen the side of the arab/ palestinian world agenda. I am not surprised cause I am born again and its all in the bible. I am surprised that our elected officials have not been more vocal in there opposition to what he is proposing. Shamefull. My government with all of its crimes against its own citizens in the last couple of years should be ashamed. Where are the patriots/men in our government. They have all become gutless spineless wonders. Please someone in government stand up and show some integrity man up. If our founding fathers were like our government today we would all have british accents. .

    May 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. VitorDota

    Obama is doing the right thing that nobody did since the creation of the Jewish state, I believe that Jew people need their own land and they chosen where they wanted it from a book which was wrote more than 2000 years ago, but during the time that the state was being made who were the owners of that land? Who were there? The Palestinians really need their own Country with their own laws,government and religion and why they can't choose where they want? they are living as a refuges for 44 years, staying in camps that reminds me the Concentration camps in Europe, Is time for the world to give them what they really need and to the Jews to stop being so selfish and proud.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. sal lee may

    the suez canal just ain't big enough,lets thor-con all them thar island of war lovers of the lord off this hear har boat and plant it in deep space far enough away in geo-syncro orbit with all them thar wmds for a test?they'll never return to kansas again

    May 24, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. junior

    All the arab goal is to destroy all the jewish people ,but the only truth god the jewish, has a different plan he is going destroy all the enemy that come against chosen people.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rider83

    Jewish is a religion and that is all it is. That said the people of the jewish religion have NO RIGHT to a home land unless you give a country to every other religion on earth!! The people of the jewish religion have become nothing more then racist terrorist who use a book they wrote to justify the slaughter of a race of people in order to steal everything they own!!! There are more people of the jewish religion in NY than in Israel so why doesn't America give them NY so they can keep bleeding this country dry and using us to protect them as they murder women and children to justify their thievery! The people of the jewish religion are just using America to protect them from the truth and right and wrong!! The people through out history have brought the wraith and hate from others on themselves and deserve what they get!!

    May 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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