Skip to comments."Insulted" by Israel, U.S. scrambles to save talks
Posted on 03/13/2010 6:21:24 PM PST by americanophile
JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israel's relationship with the United States, a defining feature of the troubled Middle East, was under severe strain as diplomats scrambled on Saturday to save newborn U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians.
A senior U.S. official predicted "a dicey period here in the next couple days to a couple of weeks" as Palestinians demanded the reversal of a new Israeli settlement plan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, which includes pro-settler parties, reacts to unusually blunt criticism from Washington.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israel's behavior "insulting" after it approved 1,600 new homes last week at a settlement in the Jerusalem area on the very day Vice President Joe Biden was there to set a seal on relaunched negotiations.
Biden told Reuters on Friday he believed Netanyahu was
sincere in seeking a deal to give the Palestinians a state and that the premier understood that Israel had "no alternative."
Though Clinton stressed that Washington's ties with the Jewish state were "durable and strong," she had told Netanyahu in a telephone call on Friday that he must act to repair the relationship and show his commitment to an alliance which, she reminded him, was key to Israel's security in a hostile region.
An Israeli official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters that Netanyahu was "conducting consultations with senior cabinet colleagues." He declined to give further details.
Asked what would be Netanyahu's next move to try to restore Israel's relationship with its main ally, the Israeli official said: "We'll know only once the consultations are over."
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They should send that drunken boob Biden and his fat blowsy twin Hillary a packing.
The Obama adminstration appears to not want a solution to the Israel-Palestinian issue. The more press this issue gets, the more cover Obama has to implement his domestic agenda under the cloak of secrecy.
What’s the point of “Peace Talks”? Those who want peace need to say, “Palestinians, as soon as you decide that you love your children more than you hate the Jews, stop lobbing mortars across the border and there will be peace.” It really is that simple.
Insulted by Israel but not phased by Iran...
They have a solution contrary to American interests.... allowing Iran to go nuclear. Whatever happens to Israel, happens to western Europe and ultimately to the US of A. They know that too.
Its all a part of their greater plan. Folks, America has been sold out.
With “friends” like these the Israelis don’t need anymore enemies. Could have told them so over two years ago.
On every front, on every issue domestic or foreign, the Obama Administration has been a failure, or one in waiting.
Clinton, obama and obiden are an insult to the American people.
Yes, and American Jews overwhelmingly voted for him.
Can you say “Constitutional Convention”?
To hell with Hillary. I stand with Israel.
This very well could be. And if it is true, then there is no way Obama wants the Israeli-Palestinian problem solved. It will provide a "reason" for some other state to annhilate Israel.
It seemed we could do what we would not allow Israel to do...protect..
I never understood that, and it has made it easier for the Pretender to follow and even go farther.
Our guy set a POOR precedent. And the Pretender just has to use that as his guideline.
We MUST support Israel...
The idiot pisses off Israel, disses Japan, and refuses to give Britain assistance over the Falkland; instead O prefers to attend Soviet throwback parades and bow to Putin and Jintao.
>>Watch your back Israel.
I think Netanyahu has the full measure of Obama, and is acting accordingly. Godspeed to the Israelis.
The Worst administration in US history IMHO.
Was that the same day the Biden "pointedly" kept Netanyahu waiting 90 minutes at a dinner to honor Biden?
I'd say Netanyahu beat him hands down.
Under such circumstances, the term, "out of their depth" is woefully inadequate. :-)
We have, but it’s extreme, for extreme times, like dictatorships!
Last November Hillary went to Israel and royally upset the Pallys by stating publically that a “housing freeze” was not necessary - Abbas was so upset with Hillary that he threatened to resign :
“Everyone upset Abbas, including Israel and the Americans. That is why he is angry.
We must resume negotiations immediately, to keep us in the picture, Peres told Ynet Saturday night during a ceremony in Tel Aviv marking the 14th anniversary of prime minister Yitzhak Rabins assassination.
According to Peres, Abbas decision was affected by US Secretary of State Hillary Clintons claim that a total freeze of all Jewish construction in the West Bank was not a prerequisite for the resumption of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The president said Abbas may reverse his decision should negotiations be renewed.”
Netanyahu: I thought (my personal) apology to Biden was sufficient (Hillary Rant)
The U.S. based Anti-Defamation League said late Friday that it was “stunned” by Clinton’s “dressing down” of Israel.
The ADL called Clinton’s remarks a “gross overreaction” to a “policy difference among friends.”
ADL: “One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians...?”
Biden is a damn fool. Israel can do as they please.
I saw this posted on another forum.....and no truer words were spoken:
“If the Palestinians laid down their arms there would be peace. If Israel laid down their arms there would be no more Israel.”
Plugs Biden, the Hildebeast, and Barry Obama score a diplomatic triumph — for our adversaries.
Israel never gets into a deal unless the US abides by the same rules of submission - gangland style. This is a trick, people, a trick to weaken and divide those two allies. Look for the next 911 to come up after this.
Israel to USA: Welcome to the war.
USA to Israel: You’re on your own.
A “defining feature” of the Middle East is never ending peace talks.
I am so glad that Israel has Netanyahu leading them because right now they clearly do not have an allie in the US.
Stupid rabbits, peace is for dreamers.
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I saw a clip of Hillary on TV this morning complaining about the great insult in blunt and highly un-diplomatic Hillary. This is the Hell-ary we all used to know!
Funny that she only feels that as Secretary of State she can only let it out on our allies, the jooz. While she may have had some pointed things to say about countries far less friendly to us, she has either kept them to herself, or the media has kept them from us.
Based on your info, it appears that there is a gap between Obama and his SofS with regard to Middle East Policy.
Have we ever seen such a mess?
Looks like BiBi put Obama in his place.
Narcissists hate that... No wonder talks are deteriorating.
So, Hillary... have you called them "Jew Bastards" yet?
Obama is winging it.
There is no National Security Strategy.
It was due last July. Obama failed to deliver.
The State Dept., Military, CIA, FBI, DHS, and others are running without a clear set of objectives.
And the administration changes their objectives from day to day.
Yes, you could see by the looks on BiBi’s face that he wasn’t taking Obama’s bull.
AMEN to that!! If ANYONE has reason to be insulted, it Israel! I suspect, unlike our marxist thug govt, the majority of the American people stand behind Israel!
God Bless you for saying so!!
“bow to Putin and Jintao.”
Who will chop off his head the minute he lowers his neck. They will never accept him as an equal.