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Posted on 03/20/2013 3:35:52 PM PDT by haffast
Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have said they share the same goals, as the US leader makes his first visit to Israel as president.
Speaking in Jerusalem, the two leaders said they agreed that Israel had the right to "defend itself by itself".
Mr Obama said there was "not a lot of light" between the US and Israel in assessing Iran's nuclear programme.
The leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Following talks in Jerusalem, Mr Netanyahu said the fact the US president had made Israel the first foreign visit of his second term was "deeply, deeply appreciated".
He thanked Mr Obama for "the investment you have made in our relationship and in strengthening the alliance between our countries".
He said they agreed it would take Iran about a year to produce such a weapon, and Mr Obama said there was "not a lot of daylight" between their assessments of Tehran's nuclear programme.
He said he knew there had been questions over what policy his new government - only sworn in two days ago - would take towards the Palestinians, but said it remained "fully committed to peace and the solution of two states for two peoples".
"Our alliance has never been stronger," he said. "That's the sturdy foundation we built on today as we addressed a range of challenges."
He said discussions would begin on extending US military assistance to Israel, and that Washington would give a further $200m (£132m) to fund Iron Dome.
But a central element of securing a lasting peace in the Middle East "must be a strong and secure Jewish state where its security concerns are met, alongside a sovereign and independent Palestinian state", he said.
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> ...alongside a sovereign and independent Palestinian state”, he said.
“...alongside a Muslim terrorist state...” would be more accurate.
“share the same goals”
in exactly the same way mine is the most transparent administration ever to exist
image over substance
There has never been an Arab state called “Palestine.” It is an absurd and artificial creation.
NO THEY DON’T!!
132135 AD: The Bar Kokhba revolt - the third major rebellion by the Jews against Roman rule. After the rebellion failed, emperor Hadrian changed the name of the province from Iudaea to “Syria Palaestina” in order to complete the dissociation between the Jewish rebels and the region.
Obama in Middle East: US and Israel ‘share same goals’
typical Obama speech line: “nobody disputes this” or “everybody agrees”
When in actuality many dispute his assertions and we don’t all agree.
1000% correct. But how many people know this historical fact, or care to admit it? To them, it never happened. It’s just more “Zionist propaganda.”
Arabs are the biggest colonialists and imperialists in the world.
First I have heard that Israel wants the destruction of the US Constitution.
I think it’s a trap to discuss what is Palestine, when did it start, who named what.
If we have to designate the land, should we call it Canaan. I think the Jews have a historical claim with Judea.
All this is ignoring the point, what should be done now?