President Reagan: No Palestinian State, No Return to '67 Borders, Undivided Jerusalem
Address to the Nation on United States Policy for Peace in the Middle East September 1, 1982 My fellow Americans:
The time has come for a new realism on the part of all the peoples of the Middle East. The State of Israel is an accomplished fact; it deserves
unchallenged legitimacy within the community of nations. But Israel's legitimacy has thus far been recognized by too few countries and has been
denied by every Arab State except Egypt. Israel exists; it has a right to exist in peace behind secure and defensible borders; and it has a right to
demand of its neighbors that they recognize those facts.
I have personally followed and supported Israel's heroic struggle for survival, ever since the founding of the State of Israel 34 years ago. In the
pre-1967 borders Israel was barely 10 miles wide at its narrowest point. The bulk of Israel's population lived within artillery range of hostile Arab
armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.
Beyond the transition period, as we look to the future of the West Bank and Gaza, it is clear to me that peace cannot be achieved by the formation of
an independent Palestinian state in those territories, nor is it achievable on the basis of Israeli sovereignty or permanent control over the West
Bank and Gaza. So, the United States will not support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, and we will not
support annexation or permanent control by Israel.
Finally, we remain convinced that Jerusalem must remain undivided, but its final status should be decided through negotiation.
Tonight, on the eve of what can be a dawning of new hope for the people of the troubled Middle East -- and for all the world's people who dream of a
just and peaceful future -- I ask you, my fellow Americans, for your support and your prayers in this great undertaking.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Note: The President spoke at 6 p.m. from the studios of KNBC - TV in Burbank, Calif. The address was broadcast live on nationwide radio and
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