Obama to Israel: Time is Running Out

Obama to Israel: Time is Running Out

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“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#1 Mar 2, 2014
Barack Hussein Obama:
Soft on terrorists & communists.
Hard on freedom & democracy.


by Jeffrey Goldberg

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future -- one of international isolation and demographic disaster -- if he refuses to endorse a U.S.-drafted framework agreement for peace with the Palestinians. Obama will warn Netanyahu that time is running out for Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy. And the president will make the case that Netanyahu, alone among Israelis, has the strength and political credibility to lead his people away from the precipice.

In an hourlong interview Thursday in the Oval Office, Obama, borrowing from the Jewish sage Rabbi Hillel, told me that his message to Netanyahu will be this:“If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?” He then took a sharper tone, saying that if Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach." He added, "It’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.”

Unlike Netanyahu, Obama will not address the annual convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, this week -- the administration is upset with Aipac for, in its view, trying to subvert American-led nuclear negotiations with Iran. In our interview, the president, while broadly supportive of Israel and a close U.S.-Israel relationship, made statements that would be met at an Aipac convention with cold silence.

Obama was blunter about Israel’s future than I've ever heard him. His language was striking, but of a piece with observations made in recent months by his secretary of state, John Kerry, who until this interview, had taken the lead in pressuring both Netanyahu and the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to agree to a framework deal. Obama made it clear that he views Abbas as the most politically moderate leader the Palestinians may ever have. It seemed obvious to me that the president believes that the next move is Netanyahu’s.

“There comes a point where you can’t manage this anymore, and then you start having to make very difficult choices,” Obama said.“Do you resign yourself to what amounts to a permanent occupation of the West Bank? Is that the character of Israel as a state for a long period of time? Do you perpetuate, over the course of a decade or two decades, more and more restrictive policies in terms of Palestinian movement? Do you place restrictions on Arab-Israelis in ways that run counter to Israel’s traditions?”

During the interview, which took place a day before the Russian military incursion into Ukraine, Obama argued that American adversaries, such as Iran, Syria and Russia itself, still believe that he is capable of using force to advance American interests, despite his reluctance to strike Syria last year after President Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama's chemical-weapons red line....


Oliver Canterberry

Columbus, OH

#2 Mar 2, 2014
With the exception of American Liberals, the world sees Obama for what he really is, clueless and incompetent (at best) a smooth talking ghetto community organizer who achieved everything he has based on White Guilt and affirmative action despite the fact that Obama was raised White.

The disgrace is that the almost all liberal media still continues to hide the disaster of this buffoon.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#3 Mar 4, 2014
via Reuters:

"...In his remarks, Netanyahu offered Obama what was essentially a history lesson covering the last 20 years of conflict with the Palestinians as well as what Israelis see as an existential threat from Iran, arch-foe of the Jewish state.

'Iran calls openly for Israel's destruction, so I'm sure you'll appreciate that Israel cannot permit such a state to have the ability to make atomic bombs to achieve that goal,' Netanyahu said.'And I, as the prime minister of Israel, will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state.'"


Translation: Go pound sand.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#4 Mar 4, 2014
Why should the Israelis listen to Obama?

Putin doesn't

Greensboro, NC

#5 Mar 4, 2014
Why should anyone listen to bamah?

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