Skip to comments.Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire
Posted on 07/27/2014 2:33:18 PM PDT by SJackson
WASHINGTON (JTA) President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes.
The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call between the two leaders referred to cease-fire talks led in recent days by Secretary of State John Kerry which culminated in a proposal rejected unanimously on Friday by Israels security Cabinet.
Building on Secretary Kerrys efforts, the president made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement, the statement said.
Israeli leaders rejected Kerrys proposal in part because it envisions talks with Hamas toward ends that Israel believes would reward a group it rejects as illegitimate, including opening borders.
Additionally, Israel wants any cease-fire to allow Israeli troops to continue tracking and destroying tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which Israel says were in place to facilitate a massive terrorist attack on Israeli communities.
Obama in his statement addressed some of the Israeli concerns, which were not made explicit in drafts of Kerrys proposal leaked to media over the weekend.
The president underscored the United States strong condemnation of Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israels right to defend itself, the statement said. The president also reiterated the United States serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.
The statement from Obama also nodded to another Israeli demand, that Gaza be demilitarized, although it suggested this was a long-term goal.
The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza, it said.
So far the conflict launched July 8 has killed more than 1,020 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel.
He wants Israel to stop fighting back, even if the rockets are flying
We’ve got a plane load of Hondurans to deliver to you.
If Netenyahu told Obama to stick it up his marxist arse most of America would applaud.
Bibi, tell that incompetent slug you’ll do so the moment he declares an immediate humanitarian cease fire with Al-Queda and grounds all armed drones!
Tell him to use the back door by the garbage can.
Zero should have called Hamas with his demands.
It would be priceless to hear a recording of that conversation and then the comments of Obama and Netanyahu after they hung up.
People in Hell want ice water.
Tell Obama to shove it.
Let Hamas fight to the last man.
Then let Israel and Egypt form the first peace treaty on their own to close off Gaza forever.
Also, get Egypt to block the floatilla.
Tell him to go pound sand!
Tell Obama to ‘stuff it’.
Netanyahu please tell King Obama to go to hell.
The Ayatollah has spoken.
The Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rollah.
I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
Any question that he’s a F’ng muzzi now ?????
Bibi sent a text to Obama in response; “And we in Israel want
you, Mr. President to get your own house in some semblance of order before you market your problem solving techniques unbidden, in countries you don’t believe have the right to even exist. Please inform me if greater detail to my message will be required. I will happily and expeditiously comply with your requests. Until then, Mr. President, kindly STFU!”
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