Man meets mouse.
Obama, Netanyahu meet amid U.S.-Israeli differences
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched their first White House talks on Monday grappling with rare U.S.-Israeli differences over Middle East peacemaking and how to deal with Iran.
Wading into the thicket of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy four months after taking office, Obama planned to press the hawkish Israeli leader to endorse Palestinian statehood and freeze Jewish settlement expansion on occupied land.
But Netanyahu, who heads a new right-leaning government that has balked so far at embracing a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, appeared unlikely to comply.
No shit he’s unlikely to comply. Israel has a MAN for a leader… while we’re left with a mouse. You can’t bargain with terrorists, you idiot. “I know! Bend over, grab your ankles, and SPREAD!”. Right, BarryO. That might work in politics, but this is real life. You don’t bend over and grab your ankles for terrorists like YOU did for votes.
He was expected instead to urge Obama to put the elusive quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace on the back burner and make the campaign to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions a more urgent priority. Israel, uneasy over Obama’s overtures to engage with Tehran, has not ruled out military strikes if diplomacy fails.
Netanyahu’s effort to shift the focus of stalled peace talks away from tough issues such as borders and the future of Jewish settlements could mean a rocky road ahead in traditionally strong U.S.-Israeli relations.
It puts him at odds with Obama, who has endorsed the goal of Palestinian independence, a cornerstone of U.S. policy for years, and has pledged to keep peacemaking high on his agenda.
Underscoring the obstacles Obama faces, an Israeli official confirmed that contractors had been asked for plans to expand a settlement in the occupied West Bank, a project the United States has already condemned as problematic to peace moves.
Peace talks? You want PEACE TALKS? Take it up with your terrorist brothers, Barack Hussein.
Obama sees engagement in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking — in contrast to the Bush administration’s largely hands-off approach — as crucial to repairing the U.S. image in the Muslim world and to convincing moderate Arab states to join a united front against Iran.
There have been signs Obama hopes to sway Netanyahu with the prospect of normalized ties between Israel and all Muslim countries, but such a comprehensive deal would require extraordinary diplomatic work by the United States.
The Iranian issue loomed large over the White House talks.
With Israeli leaders mostly skeptical of Obama’s efforts to engage Iran diplomatically, Netanyahu planned to stress Israel’s growing concerns about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
“There is a sense of urgency on our side,” Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Uzi Arad, told reporters on the eve of the White House meeting, calling a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to Israel’s existence.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said earlier this month that world powers should take action against Iran if it does not curb its nuclear activities by August.
Sorry BarryO. For most of us BLOOD is thicker than water.