Obama says there won't be a 'peace agreement,' blames Netanyahu, will try to force creation of a 'Palestinian state'blames Binyamin Netanyahu.
In a stark assessment of U.S.-Israel relations, Mr. Obama, speaking at a news conference, put a firm end to one of the top foreign-policy goals of his second term: a Middle East peace deal that includes the creation a Palestinian state.
“What we can’t do is pretend that there’s a possibility for something that’s not there,” Mr. Obama said. “And we can’t continue to premise our public diplomacy based on something that everybody knows is not going to happen at least in the next several years.”
He added, “For the sake of our own credibility I think we have to be able to be honest about that.”
Messrs. Obama and Netanyahu are deeply divided over nuclear talks with Iran, an issue likely to resurface as the next deadline in negotiations arrives next week. The two leaders have long disliked each other, but Mr. Obama played down the notion that personal discord was motivating his policy decisions.
“The issue is not a matter of relations between leaders. The issue is a very clear substantive challenge: We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations, and for regional stability,” Mr. Obama said. “And Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach.”
The president said the U.S. is considering alternatives to Israeli-Palestinian talks, including taking action at the United Nations that would afford Palestinians statehood.Most pro-Israel administration evah? Really? Is this what we can expect next? Now that the US has left Iraq to Islamic State and Afghanistan to the Taliban, they have the troops available.
What could go wrong?