Sunday, May 28, 2017

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet in the Oval Office

Just last week President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met together in the Oval Office. Obama affirmed Netanyahu that there is an "incredible bond between our two nations....we do not have a closer friend or ally than Israel and the bond between our two countries and our two peoples is unbreakable."

Obama explained that he still believes that there is a possibility of creating two states living side by side in peace--a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state.

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu reminded Obama about the failed peace processes of the past: "The 20 years that have passed since Israel entered the peace process have been marked by unprecedented steps that Israel has taken to advance peace. I mean, we vacated cities in Judea and Samaria. We left entirely Gaza. We've not only frozen settlements, we've uprooted entire settlements. We've released hundreds of terrorist prisoners, including dozens in recent months.

"And when you look at what we got in return, it's been scores of suicide bombings, thousands of rockets on our cities fired from the areas we vacated, and just incessant Palestinian incitement against Israel. So Israel has been doing its part, and I regret to say that the Palestinians haven't."

President Obama did not respond to any of the comments by Netanyahu, but rather diverted the attention to the issues in the Ukraine and Russia. Interesting that if Obama speaks of such a strong bond with Israel, that he would not  discuss the concerns Netanyahu mentioned , but rather moved on to another topic.

You may obtain full transcripts of this discussion from www.timesofisrael.com

 

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