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Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail
Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 | Adiv Sterman

Posted on 03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST by Ooh-Ah

Ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, president says unprecedented ‘aggressive settlement construction’ detrimental to peace process

Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement.

But 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,” Obama said.

“There comes a point where you can’t manage this anymore, and then you start having to make very difficult choices,” he said.

The president went on to stress that he would convey to Netanyahu, in the spirit of the Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, that the prime minister could lead Israel toward peace if he chose to do so.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting on February 16, 2014 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting on February 16, 2014 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash90)

“If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?” Obama said.

The president went on to condemn in no uncertain terms Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank, and said that though his allegiance to the Jewish state was permanent, building settlements across the Green Line was counterproductive and would make it extremely difficult for the US to defend Israel from painful repercussions in the international community.

“If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time — if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited,” Obama said.

The president added that Israel must come to a decision over its future character and weigh whether its current policies are conducive to achieving its true aspirations.

“Do you resign yourself to what amounts to a permanent occupation of the West Bank?” he inquired of the Israeli public.

“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?” he asked.

Obama further stated that in his opinion, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “has proven himself to be somebody who has been committed to nonviolence and diplomatic efforts to resolve” the conflict.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speak with the press after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speak with the press after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

“We do not know what a successor to Abbas will look like,” he added.

Asked whether he felt Abbas was sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist, the president replied that he was sure that was the case.

“I think that this is a rare quality not just within the Palestinian territories, but in the Middle East generally,” Obama said of the Palestinian leader. ”For us not to seize that opportunity would be a mistake.”

Netanyahu left for Washington Sunday for talks about the US-led peace process and nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran.

Although Netanyahu would like the conversation with Obama to focus primarily on Iran, the White House appears to have a different agenda.

“Obama will press him to agree to a framework for a conclusive round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that is being drafted by Secretary of State John Kerry,” The New York Times quoted senior US officials as saying last week.

Direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, which began last July with the goal of reaching a deal within nine months, have made no visible progress.

Kerry is now focused on getting the two sides to agree on a framework proposal which would extend the deadline until the year’s end.

Although the document has not yet been made public, it is understood to be a non-binding proposal laying out guidelines for negotiating the central issues of the conflict, such as borders, security, Jerusalem, Israeli settlements and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The proposal, or its outline, is likely to be presented to Netanyahu this week and to Abbas on March 17 when he meets Obama at the White House.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: able; americavsisrael; antiisrael; defend; dncvsisrael; fail; fairykerry; iran; israel; lurch; maybealittlebloooo; netanyahu; obama; obamaantisemitism; obamavsisrael; peace; peacetalks; putz; talks; threatmatrix; waronterror
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1 posted on 03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah

Sounds like a threat to me. Pray for our country.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 5:51:23 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Obama and Kerry are soon to learn that God will not be mocked. We will suffer for it.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 5:53:09 PM PST by the anti-mahdi
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To: Ooh-Ah

“Obama: US won’t be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail”

Right. Just like he promised the ukraine our protection if in turn it made itself more weaker.


4 posted on 03/02/2014 5:53:44 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Ooh-Ah
EVERYTHING obama does either:
a) Weakens America/Americans
b) Distances America's allies
c) Strengthens America's enemies
d) Serves Islam
e) Harms Israel
Or some combination of the above.
I have yet to have anyone raise a single substantive counter example in several years of posting this.
5 posted on 03/02/2014 5:53:44 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Ooh-Ah
That little coastal sliver in the eastern mediterranean filled with jews is a vile abomination to zero.
6 posted on 03/02/2014 5:55:30 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Genoa

+1 — right on the money.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:00 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Israel needs new allies. Maybe he should talk to Putin.


8 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:11 PM PST by Truth29
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To: lowbridge

Anyone depending on Obama to defend anything but his own rear end is delusional anyway. He wouldn’t lift a finger to defend Israel.


9 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:16 PM PST by rbg81
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To: Ooh-Ah

Obama is weak when it comes to enemies, but is good at threatening allies with real consequences

maybe his problem is enemy identification...

... hey wait a minute...


10 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:33 PM PST by Reverend Wright (Josey Wales: how is it on stains ?)
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To: lowbridge
“Obama: US won’t be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail”

Hell, we will not be able to defend ourselves much less any other nation.

11 posted on 03/02/2014 5:57:50 PM PST by mware
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To: Ooh-Ah

Obama sat under the Rev Wright for 22 years hearing a pro-Palestinian, anti-semetic message. How could we expect any less out of him?


12 posted on 03/02/2014 5:59:03 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Obama completely internalizes the Palestinian lies.


13 posted on 03/02/2014 5:59:40 PM PST by ifinnegan
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Seems like a fast track to impeachment.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 6:00:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Hey Barack!!

Bibi has been keenly aware of your cowardice and prejudice for quite some time now.

That is why Bibi has been content to take care of Israel’s security on his own terms.

Bibi is NOT too concerned with your opinion regarding his authority to build settlements as he sees fit.

Perhaps if you drew another “red line”......???


15 posted on 03/02/2014 6:01:44 PM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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oh well. not much we can do. At least our prezzy is cool..


16 posted on 03/02/2014 6:01:47 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

The land belongs to G-d. He gave it to the caananites and took it away and gave it to the Jews. Maybe obama should negotiate with G-d...


17 posted on 03/02/2014 6:03:03 PM PST by richardtavor
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To: Ooh-Ah
With ‘friends’ like Choomy, who needs enemies?
18 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:11 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Bibi doesn’t like Obumblers chicken Kiev.


19 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:12 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

Especially since Obama will be helping the muslims against Israel.


20 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:13 PM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Muslim Code....Kill all the Christians and Jews.


21 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:14 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Ooh-Ah

And just think: There was a time when people thought Carter was the worst President ha ha ha.


22 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:30 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Is that a red line?


23 posted on 03/02/2014 6:04:47 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. - Zechariah 2:7-8


24 posted on 03/02/2014 6:06:57 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Carry_Okie

No...it is a “rainbow” line.


25 posted on 03/02/2014 6:07:02 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Ooh-Ah

He isn’t going to protect you anyway, Bibi. Look at Ukraine.


26 posted on 03/02/2014 6:07:40 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

No one could have seen this coming. sarc/


27 posted on 03/02/2014 6:09:37 PM PST by dasboot
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To: Genoa

Well, sooner or later Israel will need to find out that it’s God, not even their own strength let alone a foreign country’s, that they need to be calling upon for help.

A veil is over their hearts. Of course if you tell them that, they will indignantly ask, “what veil?”

The problem is that they recast their religion so as almost completely to obliterate the idea of the effectual salvation of God. Oh, you can beg for it, but to claim it? Are you crazy, only our rabbis can get that for you!


28 posted on 03/02/2014 6:10:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

FUBO!! Worst president ever!!


29 posted on 03/02/2014 6:11:15 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Ooh-Ah
No one could have seen this coming. sarc/

Tough talk...coercion for our allies.

30 posted on 03/02/2014 6:11:22 PM PST by dasboot
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To: Gene Eric
Seems like a fast track to impeachment.

I doubt that will ever happen.

The "Elite" of America, especially the political "elite", hate God and God's people, beginning with Israel and extending to Christians, specifically Bible believing (genuine) Christians.

Obama is the darling of the Elite. He serves their desires and the desires of their infernal master. Murder babies, make homosexuals predominant, destroy Israel and anyone and anything which supports her.

31 posted on 03/02/2014 6:11:47 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Ooh-Ah

Ah, now we see why obungler is disarming the US - so he CAN’T defend Israel cuz he gave all our weapons to his muzzie buddies. And we thought he was doing it just to make us vulnerable.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 6:12:07 PM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: null and void

Wait, you forgot “goes on vacation, plays golf and hangs with Jay-Z and Beyonce.” Your list and that describes everything he’s ever done in his entire abomination of a Presidency.


33 posted on 03/02/2014 6:12:08 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

B**st**d!


34 posted on 03/02/2014 6:12:16 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

what did bastids ever do to deserve to be compared to our dear barack?


35 posted on 03/02/2014 6:17:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

First of the four blood moons coming up on April 14th.


36 posted on 03/02/2014 6:19:13 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

I guess I’m not surprised by the words of this president, but it’s scary to watch him follow the script to the destruction of the US. These evil monsters that are representative to America’s leftist communist party; the Democrats, say that the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel when I read quite differently.

//BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
January 14, 2014 10:10 am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech Saturday that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel Hayom reports.//

And that’s just the first thing I saw when I googled it.


37 posted on 03/02/2014 6:19:14 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Israel does not need the United States.


38 posted on 03/02/2014 6:19:59 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Putin is making him look like a chump, so he tries to demonstrate his manhood by bullying Israel.


39 posted on 03/02/2014 6:20:29 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: MrEdd

A quote from my pastor’s sermon this evening: “G-d is not an American”.


40 posted on 03/02/2014 6:23:06 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Genoa

Let God arise! Amen!


41 posted on 03/02/2014 6:25:26 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: 444Flyer

Even better, beg Him to.


42 posted on 03/02/2014 6:26:17 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: xzins

Obama tells Putin ‘if you like Ukraine you can keep Ukraine’


43 posted on 03/02/2014 6:26:21 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: ncfool

It would be a Crimea not to.


44 posted on 03/02/2014 6:27:01 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ooh-Ah


45 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:31 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: KC_Lion; Nachum; Sarah Barracuda; dennisw; Yehuda

We’ll see what Congress has to say about this, Mister Moslem _resident.


46 posted on 03/02/2014 6:29:44 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Everyday his actions get harder to take. At some point it is all going to implode or explode. Depends on how we look at it.


47 posted on 03/02/2014 6:31:12 PM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: who knows what evil?
“G-d is not an American”

I beg to differ. And He has a pet bald eagle and an ar-15.

48 posted on 03/02/2014 6:31:45 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I was just reading Isaiah 63. Always gives me the chills (in a good way)!:)


49 posted on 03/02/2014 6:33:01 PM PST by 444Flyer (How long O LORD?)
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To: onyx; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
PUTZ!


50 posted on 03/02/2014 6:33:41 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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