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Obama: Support for Israel 'sacrosanct'

2012-03-02 12:03

New York - President Barack Obama on Thursday called US support for Israel "sacrosanct", and said he wanted the country to maintain its "military superiority" as he prepares to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two leaders are expected to make discussions about Iran's nuclear development programme a priority during their planned meeting on Monday at the White House.

Obama spoke on Thursday during a re-election campaign fundraiser in New York, where he discussed geopolitical changes created by popular uprisings in the Arab world.

"One of our long-term goals in that region is to make sure that the sacrosanct commitment that we make to Israel's security is not only a matter of providing them the military capabilities they need, not only providing the sort of qualitative military edge that they need in a very tough neighbourhood," Obama said.

The United States also should co-operate with Israel "to try to bring about a peace in the region that can be lasting", Obama said. "And that is a challenge."

As he discussed foreign policy, a woman yelled out, "Use your leadership! No war in Iran!"

Lasting peace

Obama smiled and responded by saying, "Nobody's announced a war, young lady. You're jumping the gun a little bit."

He recommended reviving the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process as one step toward lasting peace in the Mideast.

At the moment, better relations with Palestinians have become a lesser issue for Israel as its leaders consider a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials say Iran's nuclear programme is designed to eventually produce nuclear weapons. The Iranians say their nuclear programme is for entirely peaceful purposes.

Netanyahu said earlier that Iran's nuclear programme will be "at the centre of our talks" in Washington next week.

Sanctions


He accused the Iranians of moving quickly with their nuclear programme while disregarding the international community's interest.

White House press spokesperson Jay Carney on Wednesday said that "all options are on the table" with Iran, but said the Iranians have not started building nuclear weapons.

As a result, the United States has the "time and latitude to continue the policy" of pressuring Iran with sanctions to halt its nuclear programme, he said.

Any military action against Iran "threatens greater instability in the region", Carney said.

Comments
  • Dirk - 2012-03-02 12:44

    Good, Israel must just be careful for the dagger in the back

      Fred - 2012-03-02 16:20

      It won't happen. Support is strong as steal across the US political divide.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 19:36

      Fidel, you're missing a whole lot as usual. Everything has been explained to you carefully and clearly. You're being manipulated by the dictatorships of the Middle East, who are disappearing fast. When they're gone, the money and arms will dry up and the Palestinians will have their homeland. They won't be abused by these regimes any long.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-02 13:10

    good news at last

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-02 14:27

      For whom?

      Jaba - 2012-03-02 14:49

      Not good for racists.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-02 15:06

      Not good for Palestinians, the true owners of the land.

      Jaba - 2012-03-02 15:27

      They have a land... Its called Jordan. If they want part of Israel (Gaza & West Bank ie disputed land) they can sign a peace treaty and live in peace. Israel will do anything for peace, but the Palestinian leadership want a religious war – not peace.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-02 15:35

      Jaba where do you manufacture this utter bs.

      Jaba - 2012-03-02 16:06

      None of it is bs... all truth. Those who can’t handle the truth are racists. I do not associate with racists. You’re just a random figment of my imagination...

      Fred - 2012-03-02 16:21

      Fidel, it's Sephardic. And what exactly is your point?

      Dominic - 2012-03-02 18:00

      @goyougoodthing, so you claim the jews stole this land? what about my girlfriends parents, her family on both sides have lived her for generations, there roots go back hundreds of years. where she should go if you say they stole there own land. if i were you i would read up on history, jews have been here for 1000's of years, most of your arab friends maybe 200/ 300 years. @fidel,, do go paste your racist comments somewhere else, been reading your comments for a while now, you nothing but a racist

      Fred - 2012-03-02 18:10

      Goyougoidthing, the Israelites have been in the area as long as the other tribes. This is a recorded fact. You've allowed yourself to be taken in by the UNELECTED and brutal dictators of the region who are using the Palestinians as a decoy to hold onto illegitimate power. Ask yourself why these dictators, who have vast areas of land, have not given the Palestinains the few neighborhoods they need but instead have given them billions of dollars worth of arms over the years?

      Fred - 2012-03-02 19:55

      Fidel, you're missing a whole lot as usual. Everything has been explained to you carefully and clearly. You're being manipulated by the dictatorships of the Middle East, who are disappearing fast. When they're gone, the money and arms will dry up and the Palestinians will have their homeland. They won't be abused by these regimes any long.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 20:29

      You are a racist and a bigot, Fidel. For the umpteenth time, what did you mean when you wrote Israel is a refuge for the Jews and a big bulls-eye?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 09:41

      Fred, I think that you miss the point entirely. The old SA government gave the 'bantus' a few homelands, why were they not happy - because IT WASN'T HOME. You can argue until you are blue in the face but the fact remains that the land in question has been rumbled away under very dodgy circumstances. It was owned by the Turks for 400 years, then the British 'gave it away' under a declaration which they had no business signing. It's not as simple as you think, and if you refuse to actually read up on anything then that's your ignorance, not mine.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 09:48

      Dominic, the historical facts state that Turkey occupied this land, then in 1917 in a document called the Balfour Declaration, PALESTINE is referred to as the piece of land which is then given by Britain, to the Zionists. This letter is written from the British government to the Lord Rothschild. An official letter, stating that the land is called Palestine in 1917. I'm not sure what else can be said. Your girlfriend and her family should be allowed to live wherever they want. but they should not deny others from living there too - and I mean freely, not with guns, roadblocks, passes like the old regime here and huge fences. There is a major problem going on there and to simply dismiss this as "jewish land' does not solve the issue. As stated I am half Jewish, my brother is Jewish, I have no hate for the Jews but I have a problem with the way the 'state' of Israel is behaving.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:54

      No, the historical facts are the Israelites and other tribes (which presumably included the ancestors of the Palestinian people) moved in and out of this area from the start of recorded history. But more importantly, ask yourself the question why the UNELECTED dictators of the Middle East have been fueling arms to the Palestinians and inciting them to violence when they could far easier give them the few neighborhoods they need form the VAST so-called Arab lands. The answer is that they are using the Palestinians as a decoy to distract their populations from their disenfranchisement, and to hold onto power. Like the Apartheid regime used "Die Rooi Gevaar".

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 10:03

      Fred, you make me laugh. Like the US elections really determine who is in power. Like 'elections' and 'democracy' really mean anything in a world run by private banks, who charge interest on money that they simply invent. Really Fred, you miss the entire point of my writing, too quick to defend Israel before actually reading and comprehending the deeper dialogue. Israel itself is not the problem, it is the division of people along in this case racial and religious lines. What if Camps Bay said only Christians can come in, how would that go down? I am exaggerating of course to make a point. Israel is not for the Jews, it is merely the spark to ignite a war that the Bankers want.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 18:15

      That whole banker thing is just nonsense goyougoodthing. It's reductionist, distorted, simple thinking. Your understanding of the history if the land called Israel today is faulty too. Probably because of your faulty banking-conspiracy beliefs. The Israelites have been in the area as long as the other tribes. Thousands of years, not centuries. This is recorded fact. I do agree with you about the religious divide. But then your values align most clearly with the freer world, in which freedom of religion is entrenched in constitutions.

  • Garth - 2012-03-02 14:11

    Wow News24, you guys are really astute. You post my comment in `latest comment', then delete it and the thread. `Vacant' signs in your eyes by any chance?

      Fred - 2012-03-02 20:19

      The technology isn't stable yet, Garth. I think this is what is going on.

  • Marco - 2012-03-02 14:25

    The USA must be losing it's marbles and what a word to use 'sacrosanct'. /facepalm Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel) in a speech last year stated that Israel doesn't want help from the USA. Here is a video of his speech; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lYaZ3C5e5g It seems that the USA cares not for the sovereignty of their friends nor it's enemies. Go go team USA. However this might just be hot air due to the up coming elections. He's probably prepping for his campaign and saving Israel is an old time favorite in the USA.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 16:26

      Israel is the strongest regional power by far, and has the unequivocal support of the strongest nations on Earth. Because the Jewish people suffered the single biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind, and the UNELECTED dictators of the Middle East have threatened to destroy it time and again. These dictatorships have been using Israel and the Palestinians to distract their populations from their disenfranchisement, and to hold onto power. Like the Apartheid regime used "Die Rooi Gevaar". The Israelites were in the area as long as the other tribes.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 17:27

      What has this to do with the Holocaust? Nothing. And the Iranian regime HAS threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. We've been through this already Fidel, again and agin. Many people have given you links and quotes. It's the Information Age. Anyone can see you're making things unto suit your faulty perspective. Are you going to answer the questions: what did you mean when you said Israel is a refuge for the Jews and a big bulls-eye?

      Marco - 2012-03-02 17:28

      @Fred All true. My comment as nothing to do with that though. My comment pokes fun at US politicians. Israel's leader stated in a recent speech that he does not want USA meddling in their affairs, I even provided a clip of his speech were he points it out. So clearly you didn't get my comment. Watch the clip...

      Fred - 2012-03-02 19:37

      Where is that quote? I don't see it.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 20:21

      Where's the quote Fidel? Anybody with a clear mind can see it is you who is furthering the darkness. For example, what did you mean when you said Israel is a refuge for the Jews and a giant bulls-eye? You haven't answered this yet. But clearly, it's as dark a thought as any human being can have. It's genocidal.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-02 20:57

    If Israel THEORETICALLY was tomorrow supplanted with Buddhists, the same violence & hatred would still prevail. The indoctrination and mania is so deeply entrenched. When you examine the nations determined to exterminate Israel are based on extreme poverty, illiteracy, indoctrination. All nations - the world over- have had wars, vendettas, hatred, ideological differences. Those that have figured out their differences have gone on to be prosperous, PEACEFUL, nations. I've been hearing about this BS for 42 years. WTF is up with that region that they cannot work this out? Where are the grown-ups?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 03:21

      You'd have to block out a whole lot of threatening from the UNELECTED dictators of the Middle East, and daily attacks on Israel with arms supplied by these dictators to arrive at the conclusion that Israel is just making rhetoric. But then again, that's the world you live in Patrick/Barry, a whole lot is blocked out.

      Jaba - 2012-03-03 07:20

      f u want 2 know. google Hamas's charter - the ans will be there. religion of peace... excuse the pun

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-02 22:27

    They delete all truth on this platform.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 03:23

      James, spend as much time "exposing" the violence of extremist Muslims and take a stand against them. Perhaps then your views will be taken more seriously.

      Jaba - 2012-03-03 07:22

      i they delete hate

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 09:25

      No they delete anything talking of Rothschilds, Balfour Declarations and truth of the middle east. I still don't understand why people like this 'jaba' call people racist for merely opposing a Zionist and not Jewish point of view. As I said my family is half jewish, my brother is Jewish, there is no hate for Jews, there is a problem with Zionism and hate of all things Muslim. The only fundamental difference I see is that Muslims oppose INTEREST BEARING LOANS and the Rothschilds and World Bankers can't have this. Therefore destroy them using 'israel' as a reason. It's not about the state, it's about the game you all refuse to see.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:55

      Because you don't do the same thing about the Muslim extremists who have killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS with their car bombs and suicide attacks. NOTHING.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 10:06

      Fred, I don't give a jot about Muslims or Jews, this is not the issue in the Middle East. Please wake up to the real truth of what is going on. If you want to talk about suicide bombers then let's talk about the Israeli state propping up the old SA regime. There are skeletons in every closet, there are dirty truths all around us. MOSSAD isn't exactly an example of humanity's finest hour either.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 18:21

      If only you knew how ridiculous you sound when you talk about the Rotshchilds. They're a small factor in international financial circles nowadays. Really, I can't imagine why you'd choose to believe such a ridiculous idea. The Apartheid regime's car bombs paled into insignificance compared to the thousands upon thousands of car bombs and suicide attacks of Muslim extremists that you say nothing about. Instead the Rothschilds. Really strange. No offense.

  • Mboneni - 2012-03-03 09:03

    Iran must be discouraged to develop their nuclear facilities as their haterd for Israel is documented .Patestinians and Israelis must work towards a two states living side by side in peace

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 09:09

      Since when has it become a crime to express your hatred for someone else. Weapons inspectors to Iran - and Israel. Any arguments against?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:21

      It's not a crime to do that. It is totally unacceptable to all human-hearted people (this excludes you at the moment) when a rogue regime threatens to wipe another country "off the face of the Earth" and denies the occurrence of the single biggest attempt at genocide in the history of humankind: six million Jewish people. But all this would have been missed by you who has said that "Israel is a refuge for the Jews and a giant bulls-eye". Exactly what did you mean by this?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 09:26

      Really Mboneni? Then the USA must stop and destroy their nukes, they have stated over and over that they also hate the Middle East. Stupid logic.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 09:50

      Fred, why is your FB profile so obviously fake. Are you afraid to show yourself?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:57

      I'm not a Facebook fan. I like what it does, just that I don't like being a member.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:59

      No goyougoodthing, smooching things together like that is adolescent. Not that this is and, just that it doesn't lead to higher truth. The US is not the Iranian regime. Completely different values and history. The one is holding a country in the Dark Ages, thinks nothing of having women stoned to death, threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, denies the occurrence of the Holocaust, funds terrorism that intentionally targets civilians. You know this don't you?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 10:00

      No goyougoodthing, smooshing things together like that is adolescent. Not that this is bad, just that it doesn't lead to higher truth. The US is not the Iranian regime. Completely different values and history. The one is holding a country in the Dark Ages, thinks nothing of having women stoned to death, threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, denies the occurrence of the Holocaust, and funds terrorism that intentionally targets civilians. You know this don't you?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 10:13

      Fred, the USA is not to light of virtue and hope you seem to think it is. It's a fabrication, a lie. You cannot honestly believe that the USA is a beacon of freedom considering who runs it. Please, I beg you to look it up, look up the Corporation of the USA, what Washington DC really is, and who controls what. You will be surprised. As for the middle east, their barbaric laws have nothing to do with the issue at hand.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 18:23

      It has everything to do with the issues at hand. The rogue Iranian regime has imprisoned its opposition, threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, denies the occurrence of the Holocaust that killed six million Jewish people, adjusted the last election, and wants to have a nuclear weapon. These are the issues at hand. Not the Rothschilds. Really, this is weird beyond words.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 18:25

      And the US is a beacon for human rights, not a perfect one by any means. You just have to read its constitution.

      Fred - 2012-03-09 17:10

      It's no secret to you Patrick because you focus on such things from a racist, conspiratorial point of view. The reality is much different.

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