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Netanyahu’s Meeting with Obama Will Be Neither Friendly Nor Productive

President Barack Obama in an interview with Jeff Goldberg in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2014. The language he used to describe Israel's needs for a 2-state solution was the tired, old leftist dogma circa 1993.

President Barack Obama in an interview with Jeff Goldberg in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2014. The language he used to describe Israel's needs for a 2-state solution was the tired, old leftist dogma circa 1993.
Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In his Sunday interview with Bloomberg View columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, President Barack Obama said two different things to the two sides currently keeping up the appearance of negotiations.

Obama urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “seize the moment” to make peace, saying time is running out to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

And Obama said he believes Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist.”

See, I would have wanted my president (I voted for him in 2008) to say something along the lines of: Netanyahu and Abbas are both sincere and willing to recognize each other’s right to exist.

Alternatively, I would have accepted my president’s urging both Netanyahu and Abbas to seize the moment because time is running out—I don’t think time is running anywhere, but at least it should be running an equal distance for both sides.

I haven’t seen two consecutive American administrations—Bush 2 and Obama—bring so much violence and suffering to a region since the Johnson and Nixon administrations collaborated to decimate South East Asia. I’ve learned to always expect the worst possible reaction from my current president: he has botched Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iran. He will now reek havoc on both Israel and the Palestinians. It’s his default setting. Because he is a new breed of American politician: the intellectual non-thinker.

Permit me an aside: I heard Secretary of State John Kerry rebuking Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading another country based on made up allegations, and I was thinking, wait a minute, name Iraq and name WMD don’t sound familiar to you?

But enough about self righteous politicians—except, of course, that watching how America is defending the Ukraine from being molested by the bear next door does make one think about American security guarantees and in what anatomic context they could fit best.

I spent my morning reading through the interview transcript which Goldberg generously deposited online for the rest of us to dig into. I’ll try to quote lavishly without breaking copyright rules and Internet etiquette. Do go online to read the full thing—it’ll serve us all as a baseline in examining the coming Obama-Bibi matches.

GOLDBERG: Let me read you something that John Kerry told the American Jewish Committee not long ago: “We’re running out of time. We’re running out of possibilities. And let’s be clear: If we do not succeed now – and I know I’m raising those stakes – but if we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance.” He has also suggested strongly that there might be a third intifada down the road and that if this peace process doesn’t work, Israel itself could be facing international isolation and boycott. Do you agree with this assessment? Is this the last chance?

OBAMA: Well, look, I’m a congenital optimist. And, obviously, this is a conflict that has gone on for decades. And humanity has a way of muddling through, even in difficult circumstances. So you never know how things play themselves out.

But John Kerry, somebody who has been a fierce advocate and defender on behalf of Israel for decades now, I think he has been simply stating what observers inside of Israel and outside of Israel recognize, which is that with each successive year, the window is closing for a peace deal that both the Israelis can accept and the Palestinians can accept – in part because of changes in demographics; in part because of what’s been happening with settlements; in part because Abbas is getting older, and I think nobody would dispute that whatever disagreements you may have with him, he has proven himself to be somebody who has been committed to nonviolence and diplomatic efforts to resolve this issue. We do not know what a successor to Abbas will look like.

Kerry’s quote represents the fundamental evil of all the peace deals between Israel and the Arabs, possibly with the exception of Jordan. Israel has always been coaxed into accepting these deals not based on the inherent logic of the deal being offered, but on the threat of what would befall it should it refuse to sign.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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51 Responses to “Netanyahu’s Meeting with Obama Will Be Neither Friendly Nor Productive”

  1. Red Coat says:

    Obama is a Muslim

  2. Obama isn’t just a fool but a dangerous fool that can’t be trusted ! must be that good Muslim schooling he received as a young jihadist

  3. Larry Thomas says:

    Bibi has more important things to do than meet with O – like sorting his sock drawer . . .

  4. It’s my way, or the highway, with Mr. Obama.

  5. He can try to to bring Israel down a few pegs but God takes down puffed up man like obama. Israel will never lose but America will with this regime’s leadership if you can call it that.

  6. Looks like the Jewish Press has become really popular with hillbillies. I always wonder how many people reading Jewish Press are actually Jews.

  7. Hoping this is not true!!!!!

  8. Give the palestinian citizenship and possibilies, Obama. They are let down by the world, not by Israel. So the ******* is the world.

  9. Obysmal is only friendly to Muslims… :(

  10. AIPAC will assuredly be friendly and productive!

  11. Ken Man says:

    Jason do you really believe execution is justice, if we all become obamaites all believing to be right, all killing a dissenting view we become just as bad as jihadists and politicians

  12. Mr prime minister don’t believe that guy in White House

  13. Mr prime minister don’t believe that guy in White House

  14. Just A Big Waste of Time and Money.

  15. Judy Jay says:

    here do you get your information? Obviously, you don’t do your homework before putting such untruths and hateful things in your comments.

  16. Karen Bryant says:

    If anyone needs to be taken down a few pegs its the impostor in the White House .

  17. Judith Ross says:

    Well said, Israel to Obama is like a buzzing fly when trying to sleep, but just remember, Mr. President, Jews and Israel have contributed to this world more than any other peoples in proportion of the population. Wake up and smell the roses and the Sabras!!

  18. Gil Gilman says:

    Excellent…President Obama, and his familiar, John Kerry, remind of nothing so much as spokesment for a product that has benn demonstrated by independent testing labs to have been deluding the public, like imported extra virgin olive oil which failed to pass any of seven tests, or Subway sandwhich bread imbued with a plastic chemical used in yoga mats, yet these to spokespersons and theirentire coterie of numbskulls continue their parading in front of the cameras, telling us how wonderful these products are for us. And don't forget the Naked Juice lawsuit. Both that juice and the Obama administrations foriegn policy have perpetrated a massive fraud on the American public, not to mention its "allies."

  19. Stand for Israel and against obama

  20. Don't think Israel is the only one having these "Obama moments"… any sit down with Obama is a disaster – we've watch the exchanges with Putin, Syria, Libya, Egypt, North Korea, etc. Obama hasn't come out the winner with any of them – so don't worry – be happy.

  21. Don't think Israel is the only one having these "Obama moments"… any sit down with Obama is a disaster – we've watch the exchanges with Putin, Syria, Libya, Egypt, North Korea, etc. Obama hasn't come out the winner with any of them – so don't worry – be happy.

  22. Cary Cowell says:

    As he destroys America so any country that will become Muslim ,working for the same for Israel .

  23. Nice Guy says:

    when ISRAEL makes a deal/signs a treaty: THE WORLD (USA and EUROPE) HOLD ISRAEL STUCK TO THAT DEAL even though: the other side (their sworn enemy) lied from the get/go and even though their enemy has NO intention of living up to nor keeping the agreement…and even if their enemy briefly did keep the agreement, a year or two later, a new leader replaces ABBAS or some other leader and POOF EUROPE and the USA no longer expect Israel's enemy (such as "paslestinians")to keep their side of the agreement since they have a new leader or new situation…or they have five different groups in their country and those other groups are not expected to obey the treaty…BUT ISRAEL is expected to OBEY the treaty 150% even MORE than the treaty originally was meant to ask Israel to do. IT IS SO UNFAIR: that's why the TORAH orders Israel NOT to make treaties with its enemies! Previous treaties were Israel and enemy both signed a big rock and swore NOT to cross that rock…each stayed on their own side of the rock…that was a GOOD TREATY…but treaties where Israel is to give up land and do things and allow Palestinians to sworm into Israel by MILLIONS and for Palestinians to RULE parts of Israel and to be citizens of Israel but not the other way around…are very very DANGEROUS TO ISRAEL AND JEWS EVERYWHERE! All world leaders hide their HATRED of JEWS and ISRAEL when they demand that Israel sign such dangerous one sided treaties. They are more like treaties of SURRENDER!

  24. Nice Guy says:

    just send the Palestinians into JORDAN where they originally came from…JORDAN is made up of 80% Palestinians…and BRITISH stole 80% of Israel that was promised to ISRAEL (Balfour declaration) and made up false country of JORDAN somewhere in 1930-1950 timespan….so why not send all the Palestinians who live in ISRAEL NOW into JORDAN to live and be done with the rock throwers and riotors and terrorists and bombers once and for all ! and there would be peace…why not do it….answer…because EUROPE and THE USA govt want ISRAEL and its Jews DESTROYED forever.

  25. Obama does not know the God of Israel, that’s why he is arrogant towards ZION.

  26. With everything that Obama has done to destroy USA and Israel, is there no person who has the guts to start impeachmant against this man?

  27. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    Don’t expect anything from Obadman except platitudes concerning the situation in the Mid-East. He has a reputation as a great verbal performer – but nothing substantial has yet come from this gangling youth. The current POTUS is an intellectual no-brainer.

  28. Ronnie Pleet says:

    He is a congenital idiot

  29. Laurie Lasota says:

    I'm praying that Netenyahu is the one taking this idiotic president down by about 5 pegs!!!!!!! This administration needs to get the hell out of the way because this administration has done NOTHING but take the side of the palastinians because face it this administration HATES Israel!

  30. Allen Miller says:

    The Palestinians don’t want peace. THEY WANT ISRAEL!

  31. Rose Galston says:

    We voted for "O" twice…he was the best of a baaaaad lot…the first time We were hopeful Ron Emmanuel could control "O"'s pro islamic "Tendencies"…he couldn't and Ron left. Obama is NOT a muslim…buuut I honestly believe he does lean in their direction…And we are card carrying Democrats!!!!

  32. Netanyahu is an idiot to sit down and talk to Obama . Hasn't he learned by now what he'll get from Obama. Whether or not Obama is a Muslim is not important. What is important is that he seems to prefer Muslims over Jews,Christians and Americans.

  33. He wants America to be taken down and therefore Israel to come with it … THIS IS HIS GOAL AND HAS BEEN SINCE HE CAME HERE, not born here … DISGUSTING American people can be so stupid

  34. your comments are spot on. I think the same. Give the Palestinians top half of Jordon where the refugees are. You cannot split Jerusalem. No one would split London or New York. The only people from time past in the Land are the Jews and a few Bedouins.

  35. Yechiel Baum says:

    Obama has been a lame chicken president from day one and an embarrassment to the Afro Americans globally. Nethanyahu would have been better staying home for purim.howWEVER, WHEREVER HE DOES GO, put on a kippa AND BE proud your are a Jew representing the Jewish state of Israel.

  36. Kjeld Hesselmann: obama is only an intellectual when he's reading off the teleprompter!

  37. Uzi Kattan says:

    Apparenlty you vote for anything as long as they are DemocRATs.

  38. Susan Lhota says:

    obama is a pathological liar, as is Kerry. Neither of them would know the truth if it were written out for them on their teleprompters. He has betrayed Israel because His only objective is to destroy America from within and without; and to try to force Israel to destroy herself.

  39. Benjamin Fox says:

    I wish Obozo would mind his own business if he doesn't expect of lot more ill weather.

  40. an enemy of Jews. a grifter. a dangerous lunatic. five letters.

  41. If Obama destroys Israel, in the same time Obama is destroying the US.

  42. Gosh, O'h golly and gee whiz, POTUS Obama might try to hit him with his purse. This imposter of a POTUS and the cowardly Kerry have made the US the laughing stock of the world…Israel best arm every non muslim and prepare for the worst because no good comes from these two. And yes, it is obvious from his acts, actions, and omissions that Obama is truly an islamic…and a lot of other things that decency requires that I not mention here.

  43. I find myself wondering why Netanyahu bothers with Obama at all. O is unpopular and serious people no longer pay attention to, or respect him at all. Netanyahu enjoys great respect from the American people and watching him treat our fraud president with courtesy is painful.

  44. I agree with Sandra, Obama has no respect for the prime minister of Israel who is loved by many. Obama cant be trusted.

  45. After today's statement about Israel, I can honestly say that Obama is a total fool. Harvard opened up his mind so much that his brains fell out!!!

  46. Jutta Levey says:

    Obama can't be trusted he speaks with a forked tongue, and only G-d can bring true peace to His people, and no one can do anything about that!!

  47. JONATHAN POLLARD MUST BE TRANSFERRED TO AN ISRAELI HOSPITAL AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED ON Netanyahu's PLANE..HE IS ILL AND MUST BE CARED FOR BY OUR OWN PEOPLE AND EXCELLENT HOSPITALS(ASK THE SYRIANS) WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER 29 YEARS FOR A CRIME THAT USUALLY GETS 2-4 YEARS…NO JONATHAN..NO DEAL..TIME TO ACT LIKE KERRY AND THE ARABS….NEVER AGAIN..MEANS DOING AWAY WITH ANTISSEMITISM

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