Netanyahu disappointed by Obama speech

2011-05-20 13:01

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Friday, concerned and disappointed with US President Barack Obama's speech calling for peace talks with the Palestinians.

"There are things that can't be swept under the carpet," Netanyahu said, according to a senior Israeli official who briefed reporters on the flight hours before the prime minister was to hold Oval Office talks with Obama.

The official said Netanyahu felt Obama did not understand the security threats Israel faces as popular revolts in neighbouring Arab countries sweep against its borders.

"There is a feeling that Washington does not understand the reality. Washington does not understand what we face," the official said.

Obama's "Arab Spring" address on Thursday included a call for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be based on the 1967 borders that existed prior to that year's Six Day War.

Netanyahu has rejected the call, saying that if Israel gives up the entire West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and the northern Golan Heights, it will leave his country with "indefensible" borders.

Call for assurances

Such a move would also leave hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers inside a new Palestinian state, which Netanyahu has also rejected.

The Israeli leader has instead called on Washington to confirm "assurances" given to Israel by former president George W Bush in 2004 on not having to go back to 1967 lines.

"The prime minister's tough response expresses the disappointment with the absence of central issues (from the speech) which Israel had demanded, primarily the refugees," the official said.

The Palestinians have asked that at least some of the refugees from the 1948 war that attended Israel's creation and their descendants be allowed to return. Netanyahu has said the issue should be resolved outside Israel's borders.

The official said Netanyahu was "worried about what happened on the borders" last weekend, when Palestinian refugees stormed Israel's frontier with Lebanon and Syria and demonstrated in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

"The refugees are trying to fulfil their goal of return," the official said.

Obama has called for the renewal of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that broke down late last year after Israel refused Palestinian demands to rein in settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

  • louis - 2011-05-20 13:12

    Surprising to see an Israeli PM standing up for himself to a US prez.

      Truth - 2011-05-20 13:50

      the only reason the israeli pm is standing up to the american president is because its the first time any US president did not bow to israeli commands

      BLACKMAMBA - 2011-05-20 13:56

      truth, u speak the truth. thye didnt like carter recently coz of support for the palestinians. obama must be careful where he threads,he could be taken out just like kennedy

      BLACKMAMBA - 2011-05-20 13:59

      truth, u speak the truth. they didnt like carter recently coz of his support for the palestinians. obama must be careful where he threads,he could be taken out just like kennedy |

  • Milana - 2011-05-20 13:19

    It goes to show that Americans are just a selfish nation they think everything is about them, when they say something every country must just jump to that. They are killing/have killed a lot of people in Afghanistan & Iraq and the World court does not charge them about that or whatsoever, they are just bullying everyone in the world and now they want peace talks, was there any war with them besides them invading Pakistan without americans informing the Pakistan government for invading to kill Osama.

      CTheB - 2011-05-20 14:15

      And of course the Israeli prime minister doesn't think everything is about him and Israel, now does he? The Israelis have killed plenty of people without justification.

      slg - 2011-05-20 15:31

      Not true. I recommend getting the facts before arriving at such conclusions.

      Mundu - 2011-05-20 20:06

      Milana, you sound like another disgruntled Muslim. They hardly invaded Pakistan, they just did what Pakistan would not do and that is kill that goatshagger Bin Laden.

      louis - 2011-05-21 19:29

      If Lesotho was launching missiles every day towards Bloemfontein, do you thin we would just let it be? You must see that the SADF would do what needed to be done to safe-guard South Africans. Just read the hate that is spewed on this site towards Jews and you can get an inkling into who wants peace and who doesnt.

  • Koos - 2011-05-20 13:20

    He did say CHANGE, he did not however say what change. Liar...

      unsta - 2011-05-20 13:31


  • james4usa - 2011-05-20 13:38

    Well Israel was founded in a place called Palestine, 700,000 Arabs were kicked out of their homes. US Iraq war, Wolfowitz the architect, Pearle, Krauthammer AIPAC the cheerleaders and USA killed 100,000 innocent Iraqis, p!ssed $1 Trill. down the drain. And we are still fighting.

      Saul4Israel - 2011-05-20 13:58

      Hey James - go check history correctly. There has NEVER been an independent country called Palestine - it is a name given to the area by the most recent rulers and occupiers - Britain. Before them, the area was OCCUPIED by the Turks as part of the Ottoman empire, and in ancient times by the Greeks and Romans - who kicked out the only ever independaet government of the area - The Kingdom of ISRAEL. Jews and Arabs have always lived in this area since ancient times. and What about close to 700 000 Jewish refugees kicked out of all the Arab countries - they left without homes, money and businesses and Israel adopted them all. All the arab countries leave the "refugees" to fester in apartheid and poverty. Do you think a Palestinian "refugee" living in Syria or Jordan can vote or even study to become a doctor - they CANT!. Also why were there refugees in the first place? There have been offers to seperate the land in 1917 (the Peel Comission) the Jews accepted and the Arabs refused! in 1947 - the UN agreed to partition the land and the Jews accepted and 9 arab countried declared WAR!, and told all the arabs living there to get out of the way while the sluaghtered the Jews or threw them back into the sea. Oh yes - a 3rd time - Barak offered Arafat almost 97% of what he wanted - he refused and went to war with terrorism, blowing people up in restaurants and buses. Saul

      CTheB - 2011-05-20 14:19

      And don't forget, James, that Israel has never, ever, ever refused any of the offers that were put on the table, only the Arab countries have ever done that. And Israel has never, ever, ever been behind the senseless, unjustified slaughter of people, only the Arabs have ever done that.

      slg - 2011-05-20 15:32

      The US killed 100,000 innocent Iraqi's. What on earth are you talking about?

      Zee - 2011-05-20 15:53

      @CtheB - Israel has on many occasions refused the palestinian's offers, and these are very well documented in history books. Most recently they continued to expand their settlements, which was directly against the roadmap that both Israel and Palestine agreed to. Let's hope both sides come to a resolution soon to stop all this madness!

      Adam Kane - 2011-05-22 11:16

      Let me repeat for the retards that argue for the validity of Israel: Israel is a european colony in the middle east and the Natives had resisted the invasion from the beginning. The ANC is the government (Ours, unlike the UN which is a bunch of foreigners anyway). If they take your farm to give it to Zim refugees what will you do?? Hypocrisy is one thing, but when it is backed by stupidity, wars result... Because clever rich people string you along like a puppet.

  • daaivark - 2011-05-20 13:47

    Promoting peace can never be a bad thing.

  • Truth - 2011-05-20 13:48

    I think for once the US is correct and are finally being objective.

  • Nintendo - 2011-05-20 13:57

    A black man with lots of power on tv talking about Jewish nationality....Obama is every Jew's nightmare come true!

      slg - 2011-05-20 15:33

      Not true. And you're being racist.

  • Audacious - 2011-05-20 14:14

    Lets face it. The ONLY reason whay we all tread so carefully around Israel is because of what they say the bible says about the rebirth of the state of Israel in the last days etc. If you check you history, you will see that the German JEWS, and NOT Israelites-- were not allowed to dock in any port after WW2. Canada cames to mind. The only people who gave them hospitality was Palestine. Look what they did here. The 'chosen people' Then there is also a theory that when you go up against Israel, there will be divine destruction of those nations. The scariest prophecy is supposedly when a certain key figure actually gets it right to declare peace in Israel that aparently ushers in the Antichrist

      slg - 2011-05-20 15:33

      Who is "we all"?

  • willieman - 2011-05-20 15:12

    Face the truth Netanyahu be states man.You knw very well that settlements are illegal.You no better than anyone in this world the pain of genocide.Isolate the radicals and do the right thing,we know it is painful

  • chiefbambath - 2011-05-20 15:51

    So Zille wants to do what his cousins are doing or did to the palestines?, steal our country again, wasn't it enough with the british and the afrikaners?

  • slg - 2011-05-20 17:12

    Benjamin, if you really want peace and prosperity for Israel and the Middle East, you're going to have shift your paradigm, or you're going to miss the opportunities presenting themselves in the current changes taking place in the region. The old paradigm won't work, just as it won't work for the Palestinians. They have to shift too.

  • Aldawaimeh - 2011-05-20 17:23

    In March of last year, Netanyahu was left waiting while Obama went to the White House residence for dinner with his family, widely seen in Israel as a snub.In Thursday's speech, Obama said: "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps" of land.To reassure Israelis, Obama committed to Israel's security and said any future Palestinian state must be "non-militarised", something Netanyahu has demanded. But he warned Israel: "The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation." This is the Obama style: Try to appeal to everyone & end up disappointing everyone,and what Israel want will happen.Lets face the truth,Israel is the US spoiled darling little baby and what baby want always done.Stop supporting Israel,Stop covering it on UN and use vito to cover it,Support for Israel comes to $1.8 trillion, including special trade advantages, preferential contracts, or aid buried in other accounts. In addition to the financial outlay, U.S. aid to Israel costs some 275,000 American jobs each year." The trade-aid imbalance alone with Israel of between $6-10 billion costs about 125,000 American jobs every year, Now time come to say Listen this is ther US policy and our strategic intrest start from here either this or ...Can this happen,who knows we might live and see this one day can happen.

      slg - 2011-05-20 19:05

      I don't agree with your premise nor your strategy. I think Obama is doing the right thing, although the outcome may look different.

  • Mundu - 2011-05-20 20:11

    Why go back to the pre 67 border? The Arabs lost it fair and square. They attacked Israel and got the crap beat out of them. This is the price for their folly.

  • John Paul - 2011-05-20 21:30

    The Israel PM does not have to listen to Obama. And he does not have to receive USA's Christian money. The Christians in Lebanon need support too. The Christians in Egypt need support too. The Christians in Cyprus need support too. They were Invaded by The Crusaders form Turkey. Out Invader Crusader, Out! The Christians in Greece need support too. They were Invaded by The Crusaders form Turkey. Out, Invader Crusader, Out! Hand Constantinople back to Greece and get out! The Christians in Ethiopia need support too. The Christians in Sudan need support too.

      slg - 2011-05-21 07:00

      What are you talking about? I don't understand.

  • jaycee - 2011-05-20 22:01

    The whole situation regarding Israel and the conflict with its neighbours is a multi-faceted one. One can say genetics and history have made the Jews a group which finds it difficult to endear itself to other population groups, and are fiercely group conscious. But then the same can be said about the Palestinians/Arabs. The bottom line, I think, is that this tit-for-tat relationship between Israel and its neighbours CANNOT result in piece and this barrier must be broken before any meaningful progress can be established.

      slg - 2011-05-21 03:36

      If you don't like Jews and Palestinians, that's your choice. It has nothing to do with "genetics and history making them difficult to endear themselves to others".

  • Wayne - 2011-05-21 13:23

    Don't let the Muslim get to you. Israel stand proud.

      Adam Kane - 2011-05-22 11:18

      Retard Now go read my other posts.

  • ANTIZIONIST - 2011-05-21 14:58

    No bigger thief then a Jew ....GIVE BACK THE LAND YOU STOLE !!!!

  • Adam Kane - 2011-05-22 11:10

    God! What a circus! The NAZIs confiscate Jewish wealth, ships it to Switzerland.., Then after the war that same funds are used by former financial backers of the Reich to ship the Jews to the Middle East... How gullible can people get? Some still believe that the Middle East conflict was happening since "time began"... To the Israeli supporters, tell me, if you were born in Cape Town from German parents, does it give you the right to go take over the German government? You lot scream about black land grabs and go on about Mugabe. But when white folks do it, its okay? Sometimes I think that Agenda 21 and the King Alfred plan may even not be such a bad idea...

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