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May 7, 2014 - 9:04 am

Susan Rice was sent on her first trip to Israel as National Security Adviser to both pressure the Jewish state to embrace two-state solution plans and try to make Jerusalem amenable to a nuclear deal with Iran.

Rice met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in advance of Thursday’s U.S.-Israel Consultative Group consultations.

“They discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues, including the United States and Israel’s close security cooperation, which has been unprecedented under President Obama’s leadership. On Iran, Ambassador Rice emphasized the critical importance of pursuing a comprehensive solution that assures the international community that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful. She reiterated that the United States will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that diplomacy is the best way to resolve the international community’s concerns peacefully. Ambassador Rice told Prime Minister Netanyahu that the United States will continue intensive consultations with Israel as P5+1 and the EU negotiations continue,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting.

“On Israeli-Palestinians negotiations, Ambassador Rice noted that, while we have come to a pause in the parties’ talks, the United States remains convinced that lasting peace can only be secured through direct negotiations that lead to two viable, independent states living side-by-side in peace and security.”

Rice also met with President Shimon Peres, where they “discussed the unprecedented cooperation between the United States and Israel.”

“On Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Ambassador Rice reaffirmed that the only path to a lasting peace is for a secure Jewish state to exist side-by-side with a viable, independent Palestinian state, and she thanked President Peres for his unwavering dedication to peace,” the White House said.

Israel’s cabinet unanimously agreed to cut off the Obama-pushed talks after Fatah brought Hamas into the fold.

The U.S. delegation to the meetings includes senior representatives from the departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and the intelligence community.

“What this meeting will not produce is any new development on the Iran front,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. “It would be an opportunity for representatives from the United States and Israel at high levels to discuss that issue, among many others. Obviously we are involved very deeply in a P5-plus-1 process in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement to deal with the challenge posed by Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, but that process is not complete, and this will be more of a discussion and update on that situation.”

 

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"She reiterated that the United States will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon" and " ... the United States and Israel’s close security cooperation, which has been unprecedented under President Obama’s leadership." Are those along the lines of: If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare. Period? Or are they like Benghazi which happened because of a video?
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While she was there, Rice made the rounds to the Israeli news outlets to blame the Palestinian/Hamas violence on the movie, " Yentl".
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Israel gave up land and at least one money-making business on a prior peace effort. I don't think Israel should be asked to do any more. We should be indebted to Israel for its many inventions and discoveries...... can't think of anything the Palestinians or Iranis have done in recent years to warrant even a thank you.
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Pay attention liberal Jewish Dems...you voted for Hitler's Muslim
Grandson. Twice !
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I would imagine that Susan Rice, and indeed, the whole Obama regime, suffers a severe credibility problem, especially when they say things like "unprecedented close cooperation between Israel and the United States".

If I was Netanhyahu, I wouldn't believe a word any of them said. Come to think of it, I'm not Netanyahu, and I STILL don't believe a word any of them says.
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I would love to see Netanyahu smile at Obama and say: "If you like the peace agreement, you can keep the peace agreement."
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And here's an example to support my proposition:

Israel's national security chief sent a letter to the White House, the EU and numerous ambassadors including hard proof that Palestinian Authority officials were devising measures to thwart the peace  process even before Israel refused to release a fourth round of Palestinian prisoners at the end of March, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/05/07/Bad-Faith-Israel-Provides-Documents-Showing-Palestinians-Planned-To-Blow-Up-Peace-Talks
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I really don't understand why Netenyahu doesn't just BDS these meaningless meetings.

Perhaps just say to the world, "What difference does it make?"

That sure would cut through all the cheese.
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"She reiterated that the United States will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon" and " ... the United States and Israel’s close security cooperation, which has been unprecedented under President Obama’s leadership." Are those along the lines of: If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare. Period? Or are they like Benghazi which happened because of a video?
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While she was there, Rice made the rounds to the Israeli news outlets to blame the Palestinian/Hamas violence on the movie, " Yentl".
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