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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Netanyahu pushes back

In their White House meeting on Friday, which ran more than an hour longer than planned, Prime Minister Netanyahu pushed back at American President Barack Hussein Obama.
“While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines,” Netanyahu said, sitting alongside Obama in the Oval Office. “These lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes.”

Netanyahu also ruled out any return of Palestinian refugees to Israel proper or that Israel would negotiate with Hamas, branded a terrorist organization by both US and Israel.

Obama echoed Netanyahu’s last point, using stronger language to reject the prospect of Israel talking to Hamas than even a day earlier in his own Middle East address.

“It is not a partner for a significant, realistic peace process,” Obama stated Friday. “The Palestinians are going to have to explain how they can credibly engage in serious peace negotiations.”

But Obama did not accede publicly to Netanyahu’s demand, made in a statement following Thursday’s speech, that he endorse a letter written by George W. Bush that included an American rejection of Palestinian refugees settling in the Jewish state and acknowledged more clearly that Israel’s final borders would include settlements, the demographic changes on the ground alluded to by the prime minister.

Netanyahu seemed to push Obama to speak out on the refugee issue after the president in his speech the day before underscored the need to “tell the truth.”

“It’s not going to happen. Everybody knows it’s not going to happen,” Netanyahu said of Palestinian refugees being absorbed by Israel. “And I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly that it’s not going to happen.”
Everyone knows except the 'Palestinians' and the Arab countries, whom Obama continues to allow to believe that it can and will happen.

The Right Scoop points out this quote:
We’ve been around for almost four thousand years. We’ve experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We’ve gone through expulsions, pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions.

But I can say that even at the dearth, even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.

And now it falls on my shoulders as the Prime Minister of Israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the middle east to work with you and fashion a peace that will ensure Israel’s security and will not jeopardize it’s survival.
Do you think Netanyahu would rather be working with a different President?

Yid with Lid gives this description of the scene.
It was a stunning tableau, a President of the United States sitting back and glaring while the Prime Minister of Israel pushed back against the words made by the POTUS yesterday. Both parties made their presentations in friendly diplomatic words, but Netanyahu gave the President a "friendly" dressing down, his words were instructive and firm. You could tell by the body language that Bibi was letting the President know that he was not going to give in, and Obama was very angry.

Once introduced by the President, Netanyahu took the meeting over. Hereminded the President that Israel too, desperately wants peace and he personally wants peace, but any negotiated peace has to endure. "We both believe that a peace based on allusions will crash on the rocks of Middle East Reality....The only peace that will endure is ones that are based on reality...unshakable facts."

The Prime Minister proceeded to give the President a dose of reality, and the President gave the PM a dose of his unhappy glare.
Read the whole thing.

Let's go to the videotape.

I wonder how long it will take for Netanyahu to be attacked by that moronic traitor Tzipi Livni for 'ruining' our relations with the United States.

By the way, it's worth reading the comments here.

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At 12:04 AM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

Yes! PM, Yes. However, I still think Obama still doesn't get it. Or, he actually does 'get it', and refuses to acknowledge it.

What is 'it'? Israel is here to stay.


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