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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama tries to make Netanyahu part of his reelection bid

For President Obama. Wednesday's meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly went a lot better than May's joint press availability (pictured).
Obama said at the press conference that it was a pleasure to welcome Netanyahu to the US, opining that Washington's "pursuit of a just and lasting peace" is compatible with Israel's needs and "puts Israel's security at the forefront."

Netanyahu stated that the Palestinian Authority's "attempt to get a state at the UN will not succeed."

"I think the Palestinians want to achieve a state, but are not prepared to give Israel peace in return," the prime minister added.

Netanyahu praised Obama for opposing the Palestinian's attempted "shortcut" to "avoid negotiations" and said he hoped other states would follow the US president's example.

The prime minister stated that the Palestinian bid for recognition of a state through channels other than negotiations between the two sides is "bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians and bad for peace."
It should be clear by now that President Obama has told Prime Minister Netanyahu in no uncertain terms that he had better be nice to the President in return for American support at the United Nations. He has been told to praise Obama personally because Obama is in trouble with the American Jewish community which despite its relatively small electoral vote controls a lot of Democratic campaign contributions. And Netanyahu is playing along.

Does American Jewry get it? If not, who will tell them that this is all a show to help Obama out and that really Israel will not be pleased if Obama is reelected? And if Obama is reelected, is there any chance that the newly warm relations with Netanyahu will stick (no, I don't think so).

What could go wrong?

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At 12:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Carl, I completely agree with your post the only thing he cares about is his reelection and he needs the jewish votes, once reelected God help us all.

At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Carl, if O had given a speech promising US support for UNSC UDI & Bibi stood by balling his fists--O would be criticized for that. When he (yes, this moment) gives an OK speech saying a Pali state can't be imposed, Bibi should spit on him?


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