This confrontational behavior of Obama towards Netanyahu can only end badly for the region and perhaps the U.S. as well. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the prospects for a full scale confrontation between Israel and Iran if the U.S. / Israeli relations become even more strained than they are now. With Obama believing he can dictate to Israel what it should and should not do within their own country, Netanyahu will become even more focused on pushing back against the American President. Obama is best to keep his mouth shut and let his newbie Secretary of State handle the diplomacy. God help us all !!
JERUSALEM, July 19 — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended plans for a new Jewish housing development in East Jerusalem, rebuffing the Obama administration’s opposition to Israeli construction in the mostly Palestinian area.
“United Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. Our sovereignty over it cannot be challenged,” Netanyahu said in response to questions that U.S. officials raised last week with Israeli Ambassador Michael B. Oren about a 20-apartment project approved this month. “We cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live and purchase in all parts of Jerusalem.”
The Palestinians expect East Jerusalem to form the capital of a future Palestinian state, and the Obama administration has included the area in its demand that Israel stop building beyond the line that divided the sides before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Israel captured that part of the city in the war and subsequently annexed it in a move that has not been recognized internationally.
Netanyahu’s comments are the latest blow to President Obama’s efforts to relaunch peace talks by persuading Israel, the Palestinians and surrounding Arab states to make concessions. The administration argues that a freeze on building Jewish housing in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem would be an important step toward renewing stalled peace negotiations, and Palestinian leaders have said they will not resume talks without it.
Asked about the East Jerusalem project while traveling in India, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would not elaborate on the concerns raised with Oren by the State Department last week.
“I’m not going to comment on any specific point within the negotiations. The negotiations are intense, they are ongoing, they are extremely focused, and when we have something to announce, we will do so,” she said. More… — [Hat Tip: Washington Post]
Israel is not interested in silver slivered tongued lectures from Obama while uranium centrifuges continue to spin in Iran. Why do I suspect that we may see a resignation from Hillary Clinton say sometime around 2010 after the mid term elections? I have a feeling that these two will go head to head. Just a matter of time. One area ripe for such a conflict is his confrontational relationship with Isreal and his willingness to have talks without conditions with Iran.