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...
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