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.

soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    Very bad about the brain cancer. Have heard about some cells doing that. Near future: warning labels?

    May 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Macho Man RIP

    It's time to end the centuries old conflict between the Philistines and Israelites. How much longer are they going to keep this up? I love what Israel represents in the Middle East. I even like how the Palestinians are more centrist and moderate in their style of governing. Sometimes two people cannot coexist together, so why force them to? Go back to 67 borders and let the world know who owns what, so further generations can live in peace.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HANK

    Jerusalem should be Jewish. They didnt start the 1967 war.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dome on the Rock

    No Jews allowed. OK, we'll let you keep wailing on the wall if we set '67 boundary.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macho Man RIP

      Scientists have actually found the footings for King Solomon's temple next to the Dome. They used heat sensing cameras at night and the footings were clearly glowing from being warmed all day.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Moore

    Only blacks, lazy people, communists, and the extreme idiots will vote for Obama in 2012.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bgrngod

      Obama landslide 2012?

      May 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis from Panama

    Hi joe. I'm gay

    May 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Nuke islam to dust.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeaceOnly18

      You're just plain stupid!

      May 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. citizen

    Where do all the cool overheard comments get posted.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    Pre-67, never going to happen.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macho Man RIP

      They can still divide Jerusalem. See what religion has done? All these dopes worshiping earthly false prophets (which is forbidden according to the first commandment) has led to nothing but stupid stalemates where calmer heads could actually solve something.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alyce Heidt

    I am surprised more people aren't OUTRAGED concerning the pressure Obama(US) and Media (hosts)are placing on President Netanyahu to go give up THEIR land (back to 1967 borders)! This land is theirs and even more so!! They had to fight for every inch of it! ...plus, as we all know...Hamas wants to "wipe Israel and all Jews off the face of the earth!" So what gives? Good for President Netanyahu for sticking to his guns...and KNOWING the right thing to do! Don't give up your land!!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macho Man RIP

      Hamas operates mainly in Gaza and that is where most of the violence originates from. The West Bank region which is ran by the Palestinian Authority has not been using violence as its negotiating tactic. Distinctions must be made between the two and regurgitating talking points has not gotten anyone anywhere. I forgive you for not understanding the complex dynamics involved in that region. I know it's much easier to listen to a talking head on TV or Radio and form your opinion that way. This has been going on for aeons and we are actually closer to a resolution than ever before, no thanks to the "opinion" journalists.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShutUP

      This jerk should never be invited back to this country for any reason.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cricket

    @Joe Moore:

    Who peed in your Cheerios?
    Don't make moronic blanket statements.
    Pardon, but your racism is showing.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Macctastic

    Just let them fight and kill themselves until there's no Israel or palestin people alive.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilverHair

      Hitler died too soon.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. What?


    WHAT? "I forgive you for not understanding the complex dynamics involved in that region."

    How generously arrogant of you.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macho Man RIP

      I forgive you for not understanding sarcasm too. 🙂 Really many people don't know anything about that conflict, so it's not arrogance to recognize the right wing talking point about Hamas. I heard it on Sean Hannity all the time when I used to watch him. You can Google any American map that was made prior to 67 or even farther back and you will see that area is called Palestine. I know facts suck, but why should they matter when people are dying? That was sarcasm again. They both have a right to be there and if they can not coexist then divide up the land to where both sides can agree. Don't know where compromise equals arrogance, but it's apparently your world eh?

      May 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. E-Dealer (not really)

    What the Jews and Muslims need to do is hang out together for a few days and pop some ecstasy pills. Problem solved. They will be best friends afterwards as long as they don't take too much for too long and become paranoid crack heads.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GunnerGA

    Obama did NOT use the word "borders" he said using the "1967 lines". The distinction is that there are no borders... they still have to be negotiated. The lines were simply the armistice lines where soldiers stopped fighting in 1967. Israel will not go back to those lines and nothing in what Obama said conflicts with this. The media is simply applying a legal status where none exists when it comes to boundaries because they are lazy and do not understand the difference. Read the speech. He intentionally uses the words he uses. Israel should unilaterally draw the lines if the Palestinians want to declare statehood with Hamas as their partners and have the borders imposed rather than negotiated.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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