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. Steve

    For that guy called Rami: you are saying that the Israelis stole the land from the plastinians!! Don't you feel shame when u say that??! Your mohammad actually invaded many countries around his cave, i mean his country, and killed thousands if not millions. Till this moment, we see a lot of crap from his offsprings, don't u see that, or this makes u feel that u r seving ur god by killing innocents.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Bolton

      Yup. Just like when the jews committed gonocide on the canaanites when Israel was first formed. What? God told them to do it? Sound familiar?

      May 21, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    Another plan supported by the SHeiks of Saudi Arabia. No country wants the Palestinians. not even the Muslim Countries. That is because they are Esau's people. Cursed by God in Genesis. Understand it is known among Muslims that Palestinians are problem people. So a separate country is what they need. But it should be in Saudi Arabia. not in Israel. land that was given to the chosen people by God. Read old testament and learn as all learned people do. n the end itwill happen as it has been written for thousands of years. Now Obama and Iran are on the same page.
    wake up USA you are in for more war because of this

    May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • baller23

      If you read the old testament and actually follow what it preaches, then Israel would have never occupied Palestine and have stolen their land by demolishing the homes of people who have lived their for generations. They would have never occupied a people and limited their resources and pursuit for freedom and independence. If they read the old testament they would have never murdered and slaughtered thousands of Palestinians in the name of "security." I'll follow Moses' teachings – my only hope is that Israelis do the same.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Many Jews in this country are supported by Christians, that is the majority of US. The true Anti-Christ is revealed as Obama the Muslim. Please get rid of him! This is the start of WW3..

      May 21, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      This is not a new concept!! Obama just said what all our US presidents have quietly said from Reagan on! And Israel governments have agreed to this many times in the past as well. Both the Jews and The Arabs need to grow up and stop acting like spoiled little brats! Obama did the right thing and had the guts to say it!

      May 21, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      Everyone keeps saying "read the bible and you will see God is on Israel's side." What most Jews do not understand is what Evangelical Christians believe about Israel. When Christ returns, one fourth of the Jews will turn to Christ and be saved. The remaining 75% of the Jews will be destroyed by Christ's warriors (Christians). And of course, since President Obama doesn't want all Palistinians to be crucified, he MUST be muslim. Right Donald? Perfectly logical to me. By the way, if you want the truth about Israel read KAT above.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dew

    The Palestinians and Hamas will never be happy until all the Israelites are dead. I highly doubt that even one Israelite is ready and willing to give up any part of the land that is rightfully theirs. We cannot and should not ever negotiate with terrorists.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin


      Rightfullly theirs? How do you come to that conclusion. There has not been a Hebrew state in that region since the year 73 a.d.. If you say that God promised the land to them, then I will say I just had a vision from God! He told me that all the land on Earth belongs to me. GET OFF MY PROPERTY!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pastor Mike Palevo

    Land for peace will work, but Israel, as occupiers has to give back what they took from the Palestinians! There will never be peace as long as they don't give back land that they stole! It's simple! If I had land in my family for almost two Thousand years, I'd be a little upset if someone came along and told me to get off my land, and kicked me out.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      So you think the so called "Palestinians" have lived in Israel for 2,000 years? You are very wrong about that. They have only lived there for decades. When the Romans controlled Israel they nicknamed it Palestina referring to the Jewish land and the Jews who lived there. The Jews are the original Palestinians. The Arabs who lived in Israel decades ago left Israel voluntarily because they were afraid of the 1967 war. Those Arabs have all died off, and only their children and grandchildren are left. Those descendants of the Arabs who left Israel in 1967 have no right to any part of Israel. Will giving them more land bring peace? Of course not, they were given Gaza, and did that bring peace? NO! There will never be peace between Israel and the Arabs who have made it their goal in life to annihilate the Jews! Giving the Arabs land that will make Israel's border along Arab land will only give them more bases to fire more rockets to kill more Jews

      May 21, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • The Watcher

      So you are in favor of giving back all the lands that belonged the Native Americans?

      May 21, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • The Watcher

      So you are in favor of giving back all the lands that belonged to the Native Americans?

      May 21, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      FYI Rhonda, the Palestinians weren't given anything. The Jews were given Palestine by the Allies after WWII. That eased their conscience for the concentration camps and got those "dirty joos" as Americans called them, out of good Christian countries.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spero

    Obama's message should have been: Stop the violence, and then we'll figure this out. While I agree that the 1967 borders are a starting point for territory negotiations, why would Obama be worried about land while Palestine moves closer to Hamas? Also he needs to be more tactful negotiating with Israel in general. He obviously blew it if Israel is rejecting his statements within minutes of his speech, and it's just because he used words like "mutually agreed upon swaps." Couldn't have have said "starting point"? Don't any negotiations have to be mutually agreed upon?

    Lastly, somebody needs to talk about the Palestinian refugees and to talk about them bluntly. Most of them were born in these decades-old refugee camps, and are just being used by Syria, Jordan and others as a political tool, fueling terrorism and hatred of Israel by exploiting their suffering while doing little to alleviate it. Why can't we call on these countries to truly take them in – even if they are given a sort of "right of return" later on? How many world-wide refugees has the U.S. adopted over the years that it should be too much to ask someone else to do likewise for their neighbors?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey

    Somebody suggested that persons who were Jewish should be given Kansas.
    I don't find that to be a good idea.
    I've worked in Kansas a number of times. There were some nice places there (like bars), and some good families.
    I prefer to keep Kansas.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      I lived in Kansas also. I agree we should not send the Jews there. The Jews don't deserve that kind of abuse.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark from Middle River

    Looking at the map, can't they just let them have the Sinai part. It was once Egypt and its bigger than the footprint of Israel.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. hey Rob

    The Jews were simply taking back their land, dude!! I think they never invaded or took over land they never had?! At least, they don't bomb their asses to gain the heaven, do they? or do they attack the town towers? oh wait, were they trying to fight for the land mohammad gave to them in NYC? wake up!!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • hey Rob

      twin towers

      May 21, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. John Rivers

    This was all foretold in Zechariah 14. Jesus is coming back soon to destroy the enemies of Israel! Praise Him!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      you guys and the Bible

      May 21, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. LR

    The day the United States gives most of Texas over to Mexico is the day Israel should return to it's pre '67 borders.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      All people in TX are free and equal by law. In racist nazi Israel, the Palestinians are denied basic civil, human, political rights or even citizenship.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ragmop

      Israeli Arabs are equal under Israeli law and even serve in the Israeli parliament.
      The problem is with Palestinian extremists who do not except Israeli and are working to destroy Israel by all means possible.
      Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by the extreme right, who are a minority and do not agree with the land for peace doctrine.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Obama is a Muslim – He said so on CNN, ABC, and NBC – Just Google it.

    Thats enough of a point to see a deception – A muslim telling the Jews to give back land. Philistines who were in the land are no the MODERN day Palestinians. Keep the Land – no Land for Peace – too many Arabs – do not allow yourself to be Boxed in Israel. Do not be deceived. A Muslim is in the White House telling the Real Jews – not the Zionists(fake jews) to give up land. This is the land Given by YHVH to Israel.

    No Land exchange – any Arab or Persian country that says the Palestinians should have land should give them land, or stay out of the negotiations. No where in the Koran is the name of Jerusalem mentioned, so how is it theres, pick up the 'Old' testament and read the name of Jerusalem hundreds of times.

    Do not be deceived.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Good for him, if he was!...You Islamphobe bigot.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kat

    Israeli majority never wanted peace. They manage to assassinate the Israeli PM who signed the Oslo peace accords and voted for right wing fanatics who started wars, murdered many civilians and even poisoned to death the Palestinian leader who signed the Oslo accords.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      Also Kat,

      Did you see CNN's coverage of the phosphorus bombs exploding over the hospitals in Gaza? Of course Israel denied it even as we watched the video. They did say that they used conventional bombs on the hospitals because "Hamas was hiding there."

      May 21, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Donald

    I put my money and Soul on Israel! You cannot defeat them. God made a promise to the Jewish people that no man or puppet religion can overcome. That includes islam. Israel Stand Strong God is on your side! We the American People support you! Always and Forever! if the muslims dogs attack, it will be the last war they ever wage! The hand of God will show no mercy to them and their stone age mentality, then the Prince of peace will reign again!

    May 21, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Donald

      Israel should give the palestinians breath mints no more! Not an inch of land! That land is the spoils of war!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      then the prince of peace will mass kill Jews who refuse to believe in him, right? I believe your dumb bible says out of the millions of Jews today, only 140,000 of them will believe in Jesus. So explain this to me, how is it your false god will side with the Jewish people and then exterminate them later when he returns?

      May 21, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      So where was your god during the Holocaust? over 50% of the "chosen people" population was killed. Why didn't your false god left a finger to save them?

      May 21, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. tet1953

    I don't believe land for peace will ever work. There is a faction that doesn't want peace, does not believe Israel should even exist. Every time a deal is brokered, they start causing enough trouble so that it is never implemented. This has been going on for how many years now? What can Netanyahou or Obama do about them?

    May 21, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung ho

    Joe moore you were so right sir that only the lazys and lazy blacks and gays and the nonworking people will vote for obama in 2012 i loved it today how netinyahoo treated obama like the princable scolding the student and obama just sitting there with stupid smile on his face like oh gosh elizabeth do you hear how hes talking to me help me honey help help man that was so funny to see him get schooled like that i dont blame netinyahoo 1 bit obamas a muslim for god sakes i wouldnt take his advice either

    May 21, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
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