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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Transcript of Netanyahu - Obama phone call leaked to Israeli media?

This is from the Times of Israel daily blog on the War in Gaza

Hebrew transcript of Obama and Netanyahu’s phone call

Israel’s Channel 1 publishes a Hebrew transcript of a portion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama’s telephone conversation Sunday, in which Obama is insistent that Israel unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip.

The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report:
Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege restrictions on Gaza.

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.
This transcript is hard to believe, but here's a Channel 1 (the government-owned television station) report backing it up. The broadcaster said it was a 35-minute call and that he got the transcript from an American source.

Let's go to the videotape (sorry, Hebrew only).

Both the White House and the Prime Minister's office deny the authenticity of the transcript. They each posted the same two tweets (see below):

You don't think the White House or the State Department would leak something like this do you? Hmmm.

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At 11:25 PM, Blogger Meir of the New World said...

I don't care how much PONTUS denies it, it sounds too much like the aragant ass he is. Wish I could make an Alyah and come home to the promised land.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger FrenchKiss said...

And why should the denials of this administration be regarded as true? They have lost all credibility. As for the PMO, maybe they are denying the report simply to help Obama save face in return for...?

At 12:54 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

Denying the report by retweeting the EXACT same two tweets exactly 15 minutes later?

If they did have this conversation, I don't see how American Jews can possibly continue to claim this man is pro-Israel.

At 1:28 AM, Blogger aparatchik said...

It would be a great idea if it was a bluff. Try to suck up to the jihadist world (to spare america's image) while encouraging hamas to continue attacks thus speeding their destruction. Obama is a wise old owl. ;o)

At 4:36 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

You mean that Bibi didn't tell Obama:

To kish meir Yiddische tuchus!

At 9:21 AM, Blogger InMemoryOf Yossi said...

OH come on! People don't really talk that way. It can't be an exact translation. It sounds so stupid, so contrived. Like a script from the 1700s or something.


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