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Obama Warns Of ‘Fallout For Israel’ If Talks Fail

From Reuters:

Obama warns of ‘fallout’ for Israel if peace effort fails

By Matt Spetalnick, Mark Felsenthal and Dan Williams | March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, issuing a veiled warning to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of talks, said in an interview published on Sunday it would be harder for Washington to defend Israel against efforts to isolate it internationally if U.S.-led Middle East peace talks fail.

Obama, speaking to Bloomberg View, also made clear that he would press Netanyahu to allow him the time needed to test Iran’s willingness to curb its nuclear ambitions, despite the Israeli leader’s deep skepticism of the West’s diplomatic engagement with Tehran…

Obama said the "the window is closing" for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, and called on Netanyahu to "seize the moment" to help achieve a framework agreement that Secretary John Kerry is trying to forge to extend peace talks.

Is the window closing because pretty soon the Iranians will have nukes?

Obama said his message to Netanyahu in a White House meeting scheduled for Monday would be: "If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?"

How original of Obama.  But something tells us Netanyahu is not moved by shopworn clichés.

Obama said if peace talks fail and Israel presses ahead with expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied land in the West Bank, then Washington would have limited ability to protect it from "international fallout." …

That is a pretty naked threat. In effect Obama is saying, ‘do what I tell you or you are on your own.’ Not that this is news to Israel, at least with Obama in the White House.

Meanwhile, there is this update also via Reuters:

At White House, Israel’s Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick | March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel’s security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks…

We missed the part where Obama "sought to reassure" Israel.

"The Israeli people expect me to stand strong against criticism and pressure," Netanyahu told the president.

Obama and Netanyahu, who have had strained relations in the past, showed no outright tension as they sat side-by-side in the Oval Office. Both were cordial and businesslike. But their differences were clear, and when the talks ended after nearly three hours there was no immediate sign of progress…

Netanyahu arrived in Washington to a veiled warning from Obama that it would be harder to protect Israel against efforts to isolate it internationally if peace efforts failed…

In his remarks, Netanyahu offered Obama what was essentially a history lesson covering the last 20 years of conflict with the Palestinians as well as what Israelis see as an existential threat from Iran, arch-foe of the Jewish state…

All of which is wasted on Obama, because is un-teachable. He already knows everything.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Warns Of ‘Fallout For Israel’ If Talks Fail”

  1. “I will bless them that bless and curse them that curse you.” Genesis 12:3

  2. evansj42

    Amen GBJ. Let’s not get tough with our enemies, let’s get tough with the only middle east ally we have. Yeah that’s the ticket. We sure told Israel. I’m pretty sure none of the rocket scientists and theologians in the white house ever heard of Genesis 12:3.

    ~We have no brains, and I MUST SCREAM!
    ~JoeInOKC

  3. captstubby

    “Netanyahu arrived in Washington to a veiled warning from Obama that it would be harder to protect Israel ..Netanyahu offered Obama what was essentially a history lesson covering the last 20 years of conflict with the Palestinians as well as what Israelis see as an existential threat from Iran, arch-foe of the Jewish state…
    or to quote Warren G. Harding ;

    “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my godda..ed friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!”

  4. canary

    The timing could never be worse as Palestine has only increased attacks on Israel, but then Obama needs a tiny eenie country to pick on.

    But, new Egypt just blasted Palestine and Hamas as terrorists. And deadly attacks and rockets from Palestine into Israel have increased since John Kerry’s visited and sided with Palestine. I thought Kerry kind of backed down when the attacks Israel increased, but I guess Obama knows no one is watching. Even CNN reported on Egypt’s disapproval of what’s happening there. Israel has to deal with Syria also.

    I think it’s a personal vendetta because a lot of black Muslims refugees are going back to Africa, and while they say it’s not by force of Israel, Obama is furious because of the color of their skin and not by problems occurring in Africa. I guess Obama forgot at one time it was his plans to live Africa and even chewed out his half-brother who was attending Berkely University in Physics who is on his second book in China. He didn’t even stay in America.
    That was then and this is now, but we can’t forget Obama was supported by a Jew hating Muslims and a Jew hating Trinity church most his life.

    Most recent article I could find was today.

    By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer / March 4, 2014

    Christian Science Monitor – Egypt sets sights on Hamas in widening anti-Islamist campaign

    Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization and pushed almost completely underground.

    (The headline on this piece was changed after posting).

    An Egyptian court banned all Hamas activity in the country today, the latest step in Cairo’s drive to expel organizations it considers threatening to national security, which has been undermined by a building Islamic insurgency.

    According to the Associated Press, Cairo believes “Hamas is playing a key role in the insurgency by militants in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel.”

    Hamas has been accused of interfering in Egyptian affairs (many of its leaders are based in Cairo, a relic of the Brotherhood’s time in power) and colluding with militants that have orchestrated attacks on Egyptian security forces, according to BBC.

    Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, took power in Gaza in 2007 after a brief civil war with the more moderate Palestinian party Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian officials have since turned to Fatah for help weakening Hamas, Reuters reports.

    According to The Christian Science Monitor, Hamas viewed Mr. Morsi’s rise to power in Egypt as a triumph that could help end Gaza’s economic and political isolation.

    Hamas never had a better year in Gaza than Morsi’s year in power, although his government kept Gaza cut off from Egypt much as [former President Hosni] Mubarak had in an attempt to keep up ties with Israel and the United States. But Morsi also promised a broader economic opening to the enclave, and there was a new spirit of optimism among Hamas stalwarts on the ground.

    The military’s animosity toward Hamas is such that when it detained Morsi, one of the accusations made against the former president was that he had contact with the group during his escape from prison in 2011.

    Since the Hamas takeover in 2007, the Egyptian Army has consistently accused it of meddling in Egyptian internal affairs and of being behind militant operations in the Sinai Peninsula that have destabilized the region and killed scores of Egyptian soldiers.

    Senior Hamas official Izzat Rishq condemned today’s ruling, calling it a “political decision” by Egypt against the resistance of the Palestinian people, according to the AP.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World.....t-campaign

  5. canary

    The timing could never be worse as Palestine has only increased attacks on Israel, but then Obama needs a tiny eenie country to pick on.

    But, new Egypt just blasted Palestine and Hamas as terrorists. And deadly attacks and rockets from Palestine into Israel have increased since John Kerry’s visited and sided with Palestine. I thought Kerry kind of backed down when the attacks Israel increased, but I guess Obama knows no one is watching. Even CNN reported on Egypt’s disapproval of what’s happening there. Israel has to deal with Syria also.

    I think it’s a personal vendetta because a lot of black Muslims refugees are going back to Africa, and while they say it’s not by force of Israel, Obama is furious because of the color of their skin and not by problems occurring in Africa. I guess Obama forgot at one time it was his plans to live Africa and even chewed out his half-brother who was attending Berkely University in Physics who is on his second book in China. He didn’t even stay in America.
    That was then and this is now, but we can’t forget Obama was supported by a Jew hating Muslims and a Jew hating Trinity church most his life.

    Most recent article I could find was today.

    By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer / March 4, 2014

    Christian Science Monitor – Egypt sets sights on Hamas in widening anti-Islamist campaign

    Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization and pushed almost completely underground.

    (The headline on this piece was changed after posting).

    An Egyptian court banned all Hamas activity in the country today, the latest step in Cairo’s drive to expel organizations it considers threatening to national security, which has been undermined by a building Islamic insurgency.

    According to the Associated Press, Cairo believes “Hamas is playing a key role in the insurgency by militants in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel.”

    Hamas has been accused of interfering in Egyptian affairs (many of its leaders are based in Cairo, a relic of the Brotherhood’s time in power) and colluding with militants that have orchestrated attacks on Egyptian security forces, according to BBC.

    Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, took power in Gaza in 2007 after a brief civil war with the more moderate Palestinian party Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian officials have since turned to Fatah for help weakening Hamas, Reuters reports.

    According to The Christian Science Monitor, Hamas viewed Mr. Morsi’s rise to power in Egypt as a triumph that could help end Gaza’s economic and political isolation.

    Hamas never had a better year in Gaza than Morsi’s year in power, although his government kept Gaza cut off from Egypt much as [former President Hosni] Mubarak had in an attempt to keep up ties with Israel and the United States. But Morsi also promised a broader economic opening to the enclave, and there was a new spirit of optimism among Hamas stalwarts on the ground.

    The military’s animosity toward Hamas is such that when it detained Morsi, one of the accusations made against the former president was that he had contact with the group during his escape from prison in 2011.

    Since the Hamas takeover in 2007, the Egyptian Army has consistently accused it of meddling in Egyptian internal affairs and of being behind militant operations in the Sinai Peninsula that have destabilized the region and killed scores of Egyptian soldiers.

    Senior Hamas official Izzat Rishq condemned today’s ruling, calling it a “political decision” by Egypt against the resistance of the Palestinian people, according to the AP.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World.....t-campaign

  6. Google search: Obama Warns comes back with 365,000,000 results.

    That is pretty telling about a man who can’t govern, but threatens everyone to do what he wants. Forget Cowboy Diplomacy, I would settle for any sort of diplomacy, you know, from a Nobel Peace Prize win and all.

    If Israel doesn’t start playing ball, Obama may fence-off sections of the Wailing Wall to visitors, close national parks, and shut down tours. That’s how it usually goes. . .


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