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March 3, 2014 - 1:22 pm
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Noting that President Obama has “a few other pressing matters” on his plate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed at the White House today that Israel had taken “unprecedented steps” to advance the peace process in the past two decades.

The two sat down before the White House pool before heading into afternoon talks, which come after Obama warned Israel of “fallout” from not acquiescing to the peace process in an interview with Bloomberg.

“I mean, we vacated cities in Judea and Samaria. We left entirely Gaza. We’ve not only frozen settlements, we’ve uprooted entire settlements. We’ve released hundreds of terrorist prisoners, including dozens in recent months,” Netanyahu said. “And when you look at what we got in return, it’s been scores of suicide bombings, thousands of rockets on our cities fired from the areas we vacated, and just incessant Palestinian incitement against Israel. So Israel has been doing its part, and I regret to say that the Palestinians haven’t.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been pushing an agreement as a legacy issue, and Vice President Joe Biden were both present at the remarks.

“Now, I know this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it’s the truth,” Netanyahu continued. “And the people of Israel know that it’s the truth because they’ve been living it. What they want is peace. What we all want fervently is peace. Not a piece a paper –- although that, too — but a real peace; a peace that is anchored in mutual recognition of two nation states that recognize and respect one another, and solid security arrangements on the ground.”

“…The Palestinians expect us to recognize a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, a nation state for the Palestinian people. I think it’s about time they recognize a nation state for the Jewish people. We’ve only been there for 4,000 years.”

The Palestinians have already said that recognition of the Jewish state is a non-starter, yet the administration keeps pushing Israel to accept a framework.

“As you know and I think everybody does, in the Middle East, which is definitely the most turbulent and violent part of the Earth, the only peace that will endure is a peace that we can defend. And we’ve learned from our history — Jewish history, but I think from general history — that the best way to guarantee peace is to be strong. And that’s what the people of Israel expect me to do –- to stand strong against criticism, against pressure, stand strong to secure the future of the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu said. “And I think there is a partnership there, a partnership between Israel and America, that I think is important for this end.”

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Maybe Obama could suggest that a good faith gesture could be to start with the parties signing a piece of paper stating that both agree that Israel has a right to exist?
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If only America had a leader of Netanyahu's principles at this point in time....
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You cannot negotiate with those who theology is to wipe you out.
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Not a piece of paper? Wow, I'll bet that completely shocked Obama. He thinks he can simply read a speech and the world around him changes. What a twit.
46 weeks ago
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With friends like Obama and Kerry, who needs any enemies? Bebe needs to ingore these fools who are currently intent on selling Israel down the river with their bad deal with Iran. They are giving Iran the breathing room to get a nuke. I kid you not these amateur hour idiots are creating the wars by their stupidity.No they are not the smartest guys in the room. Our enemies are playing these turds for the suckers they are. Well you just look at our foreign policy (as if we had one) is in shambles and totally incoherent but don't cross that line the tuff guys says. Israel tell Obama and Kerry to stick it! Time to defend yourselfs against the Iranians and the rest of the anti semites including the EU and UN too. I stand by and pray for Israel.
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This would be hilarious if it wasn't tragicomic. Bullying tiny Israel, is a form of target fixation on an ant, while the mad elephant stomps around the room demanding the ant be exterminated as "it's taking up too much space." Agree, 1967, the victorious Israelis should have begun the reconstruction of their Temple. Muslims have Mecca. End of story.
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Sparky Redux wrote: "If only America had a leader of Netanyahu's principles at this point in time...."

Concur, Sparky, but not only principles. Compare Bibi and BHO in the following areas: deep sense of history, devotion to the cause of the West, record of heroic military service, success as a published author, skill in impromptu public (English) speaking, record of achievement prior to becoming head of government and success in the business world.

Here is a final, rather telling, IMHO, point to consider: One of BHO's first public acts upon assuming office was to unceremoniously toss a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. Bibi proudly displays a photo of Churchill in his office in a place of honor next to the creator of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl (http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/148892/benjamin-netanyahu-as-churchill-and-herzl).

Which man is more fit to serve as the defender of the West (not a trick question;-))?
47 weeks ago
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Because the CFR controlled US government keeps selling out Israel, and promoting Homosexuality, America will continue to receive massive storms, earthquakes, and droughts.

This brings physical, and economic harm to a country helping the enemies of Israel. Maybe, I am wrong, but I fear I am not. Good luck to Oklahoma.
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Howdy moonbasealpha
That smacks of superstition rather than religion, partner. It also flies in the face of recent events: natural disasters and extreme weather look about like they have throughout record-keeping in the US. Which is to say, they happen and sometimes more than other times.
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Israel has already given up depending on the US and either President Obama or President H. Clinton who no doubt Netanyahu remembers as the first person to publically embrace Mrs. Arafat. Israel will do what it must do when when it is necessary to do it . World condemnation and/or isolation of the Jews is nothing new to these folks.
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Netanyahu to Obama: Peace Is ‘Not a Piece of Paper’

To Obama and Kerry, peace is a piece of paper; that's all they're after. Or as Obama would say, '...words, just words.' Bibi needs to realize, needs to take to heart, that to Obama words are what win results - I mean, just look at the recent reconciliation with Iran - Words made cooling off possible. And Russia? Where would we be today without glorious words. That mean ol' Putin guy, he acted; but our Obama will talk words, words, words with our European allies. Words, words, words, oh, you beautiful words - Obama talks while the world burns.
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Now let's be fair, people.

Obama would consider a commitment in the peace process to be a signature achievement. Much like Obamacare.

Therefore, we could expect that it would be ill conceived, poorly designed, have no security precautions and that he would unilaterally change its terms and conditions 27 times before the first year after launch was completed.
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B.O. thinks that when in a war, you just declare the war over, and the other side is going to play nice. Yup, liberal thinking at its worst. Seems N. Chamberlain tried that with Hitler, that really worked,

Sorry but you don't declare a war over until you beat the other side and they beg to come to the peace table.
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