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U.S. President Barack Obama

During a press briefing senior administrative officials from the White House held with members of the media late on Thursday afternoon, U.S. time, it was revealed that there will be no negotiated two state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arab people.

The three senior administrative officials on the call were Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, NSC coordinator for the Middle East Rob Malley, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.


The reason the briefing was held was to prepare for the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, which will take place Monday morning, Nov. 9.

The administration officials revealed the various topics they expected the two heads of state would discuss, including the recently concluded Nuclear Iran Deal, the situation in Syria and the recent deployment there by foreign nationals including Iran and Russia, and Israeli relations with its Palestinian Arab neighbors in Gaza and Judea and Samaria.

But the big news was what the administration officials referred to as the “New Reality” between Israel and the PA, the increased tensions and violence, which makes clear that there will be no final status negotiations between the parties any time during the remainder of the Obama administration.

Of course the administration officials continued to insist that the Two State Solution is the only viable option open to the parties. They made clear that “settlement building complicates the achievement of a viable Palestinian State,” and that the U.S. government continues to view such activity as not constructive.

Administration officials made clear that acting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has been chided for continuing to engage in incitement to violence, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to engage in confidence building measures to leave open the promise of a Palestinian State.

Several reporters asked for details about the anticipated Memorandum of Understanding regarding military aid from the U.S. to Israel. Expectations were dampened when the officials stated the discussion Monday morning would just be the beginning and not the end of that negotiation.

The U.S. officials also rebuffed several questions about a recent hire by the Israeli government who had posted unsavory comments about U.S. officials. They suggested it was a decision for the Israeli government and the U.S. president would not be reduced to questioning personnel decisions by other nations.

The strongest recurring theme from the officials was that Iran remains a dangerous player in the region and that is why it was essential that the Nuclear Iran Deal be concluded, so that such a dangerous player would not have nuclear weapons at its disposal.

But the big news was: No Two State push for the remainder of President Obama’s term.


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  1. An important message from a Swedish woman to Arabs and Muslims who migrate to Western countries.
    Swedish mother in her thirties and have two children aged 8.12 .. and owns a farm contains horses, cows, chickens and birds .. published on hers front page a few days ago on Facebook this topic and I’ve translated .. simple way to write and translation also the same Simplicity !!

    “I feel angry now, and type and my fingers tremble .. above all, I’m not a racist and I’m not against refugees. The head of the line point,,,
    Just read that the slaughtered meat is served on the way in so-called Islamic (muslim) in Swedish schools !! Here reached the limits of my endurance!
    Each day brings us to the Muslim refugees. They are fleeing difficult circumstances and we did not live these and we can not imagine and I sympathize with them, but I was surprised how Sweden accept their culture to this extent ..

    They want mosques !! Yeah ! We build them! from where? Taxpayers! Refugees and of course do not pay taxes! Suppose that we moved to a Muslim country! Will they allow to build a church or even own a building, we celebrate !!
    I am in my country I no longer feel safe and bit afraid to Wear light cloths as we did previously, because I must blame myself if exposed to any adverse or even raped …

    I’d go to the pool twice a week. There is a sign clearly written on it must shower first, without clothes for the purpose of hygiene before swimming .. but Muslims are allowed to swim without bathing because they do not want it .. so I no longer go now to the pool ..Happy Muslims men come to swimming pools only with shorts and this not for ordinary Muslim girls in swimming pools until I saw some of them in full their clothes and swim with a piece of cloth on their heads and of course allowed to swim only for little girls because the young adult girl not allowed to swim never ..
    Why allow them violating the rules and duties that we apply to ourselves ?? And why do not wash themselves before swimming ?? I do not have the desire to swim in a place and there are those who swim with clothes on !!

    I have a boy in school with some Muslim girls wearing headscarves and their parents do not allow them to practice sports activities and other school activities .. and he feels sad for them. We live in a country where equality between girls and boys! Is not this an injustice against girls?
    In schools taking pupils to visit mosques and synagogues and churches for nothing, my children go to mosques but Muslim children refuse to go to church !!
    I fear for my daughter when she wear light clothing because there are children of Muslims who say that she is a prostitute !!

    On the issue of muslim meat. I own a farm for the animals and I have horses and cows and do not want anyone in my country to make the slaughtered animal without anesthesia. We give anesthesia to animals before slaughter in order not to suffer !! Why allow Muslims torturing an animal? Something tragic that our schools provide even Swedish meat slaughtered on the Islamic way for Muslim students !! We are a country with strict laws for the purpose of animal protection! So why allow others to commit this crime to slaughter animals without anesthesia .. I write so not because I do not like refugees but if they had chosen to live here and to escape the difficulties and the circumstances of their lives, they have to try to harmony and otherwise, it is better for them and for us sent back to their country ..
    I am proud of my country and my traditions and I will help all in need of help but I do not accept that we impose conditions on the contrary, if we went to their countries .. We ll respect them, and we ll also wear and act as they act ..

    Something a last resort! Why in Muslim countries there are always wars and killing and destruction? Why come to us to the Christians and Democrats, and they do not like our way of life. They come to us and ask for help and find it according to the law, despite all this, the first thing they think is the construction of mosques and continue to abuse their daughters and continue to make the animal suffer without anesthesia ..they come here and instead They want us to change, we help them and they cause problems for us !!”

  2. Now finally the US is free to join the EU, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, and so many other major countries in agreeing that the UN must intervene directly on all 1967 prewar border territories. There is enough evidence of nonstop death, brutality, persecution and destruction being inflicted on civilians by both warring factions. The premise for the intervention is that the existing governing entities have for decades failed to bring about a cessation of hostilities, establish sovereign rights for all people and stop the Israeli usurpation of land destined for all Palestinians as mandated by recognized international agreements.

  3. It's very difficult to discuss the actions or intensions of this Administration without falling into the mud pit with them and start name calling. I will do my best. Based upon the information you presented regarding their approach to present and past issues it occured to me that it's hard to believe that this is Year 7 of the Administrations Foreign Policy experience and NOT Day 1. They are still thinking on the level of neophytes when they somehow believe incentives are going to induce the PA in the directiton of the negotiating table. The PA sees they no longer need the US for their political goals. They now have the EU and UN working in hyperdrive to make it a fait accompli without negotiating or at least giving them a date certain that Israel has to give in as they see it. Also they have their blackmail tract going at the Hauge. So, Harvard, Constitutional scholar, Chicago street organizer Obama thinks he's going to bamboozle those good o'le boys who keep falling off the turnup flatbed and he may even squeeze something out of Bibi who is tired of hearing the BS but everyone in the Mid-East knows it's Dead on Arrival.

  4. Huh? There already is a two state solution. The Fakestinians have Gaza as their state. The fact that foolish Gazans consumed by hatred of the Jews keep pushing their bogus claims to the rest of Israel in no way changes that. Only Roger Waters and morons like him believe different. The rest of the Arab squatters and invaders need to end their illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, dismantle their illegal settlements and return to their homelands of Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, or Syria.

  5. The idea of a two state solution is not palatable to me. It smacks of division of a country. Israel is the Jewish State, and unlike America, it does have a primary religion. It has no need for a second "state" unless that state is in another country. Land for Peace swaps don't work, as the Arabs won't live in peace, and Israel will not give up territory based on the request of anti-Semetism.

  6. Obama acknowledges a 1 state solution… Palestine and all terrorists and terrorism…his advisers, Val Jar, and James Abourezk’s students, all love the Muslim countries and values, including the destruction of Israel, and the elimination of democratic freedoms… wouldn’t you if your were born in those countries (Val Jar and James Abourezk)

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