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Netanyahu and Obama Meet: Kindred Nations, Cold Friends

In their White House meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu assured President Obama he still wishes to see two states for two people.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US president Barack Obama, at the White House, Washington DC,  November 9, 2015.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US president Barack Obama, at the White House, Washington DC, November 9, 2015.
Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

On Monday morning, Nov. 9, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. It was the first meet-up between the two leaders in a year filled with monumental events and mounting catastrophes in the Middle East and around the world.

The two were joined by several top level aides. Obama had Vice President Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Susan Rice, while Netanyahu had his Ambassador to the U.S. and longtime confidante Ron Dermer. The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, was also in the room.

The meeting was well-scripted: the topics included the main source of contention between these two cold friends, the Nuclear Iran Deal, which Obama sees as a cornerstone of his presidency and Netanyahu sees as an existential threat to his nation.

Other topics included Israel’s request for a long-term and greatly increased military aid package. The U.S. has repeatedly dangled such a package in front of Israel as a consolation prize for freezing out the Jewish state from its negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and then concluding a deal which was fervently opposed by Israelis across the political spectrum.

The two leaders also discussed the spreading assault on security across the Middle East, with the Syrian Civil War now in its fourth bloody year. That war has led to massive human displacement and structural collapse, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the exodus of as many as can flee the region, bringing unskilled workers, rampant disease and a brutalized and frequently brutal wave of humanity onto the shores of Europe.

In addition, the growth of the barbarous ISIS and its slow but inexorable spread across the region, and in particular its encroachment into countries which border Israel had to inform the discussion of terrorism in the region, as well.

Before the meeting, Obama said: “It’s no secret that the security environment in the Middle East has deteriorated in many areas, and as I’ve said repeatedly, the security of Israel is one of my top foreign policy priorities. And that’s expressed itself not only in words, but in deeds.”

The recent upswing in terrorist attacks against Israelis by Palestinian Arab citizen-terrorists was a focus of the talk, with the Israeli Prime Minister assuring the U.S. President that he was committed to peace between his people and his Palestinian Arab citizens and neighbors.

The U.S. President said he and his administration “condemn in the strongest terms Palestinian violence against innocent Israeli citizens.” Obama added,”It is my strong belief that Israel has not just the right, but the obligation to protect itself.”

For his part, Netanyahu thanked the President for his continued strong support for Israel’s security.

The Israeli President also assured Obama that despite the carnage, he still wishes to see “two states for two peoples, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes a Jewish state.”

And there’s the rub. There is no way the Palestinian Arab leadership will or can ever accept a state that is demilitarized. And there is no way the Jewish State can accept yet another Arab neighboring state that refuses to recognize its legitimacy as a Jewish State, and/or one that is armed and will, in addition to its own genocidal wishes for Israel, will certainly be used as a proxy by Israel’s powerful enemies such as Iran.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

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13 Responses to “Netanyahu and Obama Meet: Kindred Nations, Cold Friends”

  1. Shlomo Ohana says:

    give obama some kfc , he will relax .

  2. Trish Pirtle says:

    G-d’s Ambassador Bibi meets with Satan’s Seed….

  3. I’ll bet that Prime Minister Netanyahu had to detox himself after her left the WH.


  5. You have November 11th as today’s date…
    Today is November 9th…

  6. Bibi sees 2 states for 2 people: Israel for the Jews and Jordan for the Fakestinians.

  7. Stupid. Hope he’s lying.

  8. Mark Miller says:

    Tell Obastard to go to H*** and give him explicit instructions

  9. This is another staged event of the theatre of the absurd similar to Saturday Night Live. At least with SNL you have some laughs.

  10. Paul Golden says:

    Soon they are going to hold hands and sing Kumbia. But. Bobbi will be around for a few more years and Obama is out next year. Then he will be dealing with Hillary maybe. Oy vayr

  11. Uzi Kattan says:

    I just hope that Netanyahu grows a spine and stands up to the Obamamzer instead of caving in as usual.

  12. J.J. Surbeck says:

    Nah… Hillary is toast. The Democrats are toast. Even the many Americans duped by Obama's silver tongue have come to realize that they've been duped by a con artist. And no one appreciates being lied to and double-crossed. They're not about to make the same mistake again with the most corrupt woman in the history of American politics, not to mention as skilled a liar as Obama himself, which is quite the achievement. Obama's legacy? The destruction of the Democratic party, infested thanks to him by hard-core leftists. The Republicans are far from perfect, but at least they are not as demented and disconnected from reality as Obama and his minions are. And we need some sanity to return to our leadership. Obama and Hillary will both disappear in the trash can of history and will only be remembered as a very bad dream.

  13. J.J. Surbeck says:

    Don't be too hard on the man. He's in a very tight spot and has shown amazing self-control. How many of us (or you) would have been able to remain cool and not be… shall I say physically irreverent? I'd bet not too many. Bibi did it, and he deserves our hat tips for that.

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