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This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.
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The speech was a triumph for Obama and remains, arguably, one of the best of his first term in office. It was well received in its target market, the Muslim world, and in particular among the many Palestinians who saw it as evidence that Obama would bring a more critical approach toward Israel.
Now, in his pragmatic way, Netanyahu started carefully to prepare his rebuttal. Only then did he turn to the subject most people were waiting to hear about: From their first meeting, Netanyahu was perceptive enough to understand that that Obama saw maintaining the status quo on the Palestinian peace process as unacceptable.
His speech was crafted with that reality in mind. He was accepting the two-state solution.
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Palestinians ripped the speech as a carefully constructed ruse. Instead, he announced a series of conditions and qualifications that render a viable, independent and sovereign Palestinian state impossible.
In Israel, the speech was viewed as careful and balanced, even while for Netanyahu personally, it represented a major shift and a pragmatic acceptance of political realities in Israel and in the Obama-led United States.
He had been careful not to be seen to have given the Americans everything that Obama had demanded in his speech in Cairo; there were important domestic reasons for holding back on some issues. In selling the two-state solution to his right-wing constituency, it would be essential for Netanyahu to be seen as not having surrendered entirely to the Americans. Once Netanyahu had given the Americans what they wanted in terms of accepting the possibility of a Palestinian state, the U.
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On this issue, Netanyahu proved a tougher nut to crack, making it clear in meetings that he would not agree to a permanent freeze on settlement construction. Eventually, a compromise agreement was reached. It was a win for Obama.President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to warm rocky relations,
But in the short term, at least, it pushed the region backward. His plan for effectively trying to sit out the Arab Spring before making any potential concessions toward the Arabs also resonated well among many Israelis, who were focused on security rather than peace.
Early inNetanyahu and Obama had experienced a clash of visions over the Israeli—Palestinian conflict and the impact of the Arab Spring. One day earlier, at the State Department in Washington, Obama made a keynote speech on the Middle East, an apparent update to his Cairo address that would take into account the dramatic events sweeping the Arab world.
During his speech, which was timed to coincide with the arrival of Netanyahu in Washington the next day, Obama announced a significant shift in U. The pre-Six-Day War borders—with minor land swaps to reflect the large Israeli settlement blocks in the West Bank—would be the foundation for a negotiated agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
This went well beyond what Netanyahu had in mind for the borders of any state for the Palestinians. For those eager to witness drama, the meeting and news conference did not disappoint.
Everything about this Obama-Netanyahu encounter telegraphed that things had changed. Even the time of the meeting was different: The first part of the news conference that followed went more or less by the book, with the president taking just over seven minutes to summarize the meeting in the most positive light possible.
In America, Israel is essentially an issue in domestic politics rather than foreign policy. And it is the subject of deep disagreement between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration.
Things came to a head following the passage of UN Security Council resolution on 23 December with 14 votes in support and only the US abstaining. The Obama administration allowed the resolution to be adopted because by their lights it was not anti-Israeli but, on the contrary, essential for preserving Israel as a Jewish and democratic country.
In this respect the resolution was entirely consistent with US policy since in viewing Israeli settlements on occupied land as illegal and as an obstacle to peace. For Benjamin Netanyahu, however, the UN resolution was like a red rag to a bull. That Obama detests Netanyahu is common knowledge.
Obama has given Israel considerably more money and arms than any of his predecessors. It is also the largest military aid package from one country to another in the annals of human history.
He never missed an opportunity to attack Obama; he intervened crudely in the presidential elections by backing the Republican candidate; he abused the privilege of an address to a special session of both houses of Congress to insult their president; and he conducted the most vociferous public campaign to sabotage the nuclear agreement with Iran.
One is hard put to think of a more blatant example of biting the hand that feeds you. He is also devious and duplicitous. In the Bar-Ilan speech ofhe paid lip service to the idea of a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel.
But, in the run-up to the election, he abruptly reversed this position and solemnly pledged that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. He is a reactionary politician whose overriding aim is to preserve the status quo with Israel as a regional superpower, ruling over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in what he and his colleagues insist on calling Judea and Samaria.
He and his government are addicted to occupation — the root of all evil.