NEW YORK, July 7 (Press Release)–In a special address to national Jewish leaders, as well as political, civic and business leaders, sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “meet me in the coming days” to begin peace talks in order to “fashion a final peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors.”
“My idea of peace is that we live next to one another and we talk to each other to achieve peace. The sooner the better. Direct negotiations must start right away,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. The meeting in New York followed the Prime Minister’s meetings with President Obama in Washington, DC.
Several dignitaries attended the meeting, including New York Governor David Paterson and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who provided greetings at the beginning of the event. Governor Paterson noted that New York shares a bond with Israel because of attacks waged against civilians within the boundaries of both states.
“In this dangerous time, we have no better partner as a state or a country than the state of Israel,” Governor Paterson said. In her remarks, Senator Gillibrand remembered her trip to Israel and specifically to Sderot last year.
“The U.S. must always support Israel’s right to protect her people,” she said, adding that she would use her voice in the U.S. Senate “to bring together bipartisan coalitions in Congress to show the world that our bond is truly unbreakable.” Among the elected officials attending the event were Congressional members Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), as well as NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined security, legitimacy and prosperity as the three pillars of successful peace. “Security makes peace possible and makes a realistic peace take hold and endure,” he said. Regarding the challenges to Israel’s legitimacy, the Prime Minister commented that there are two lines of attack against Israel: the denial of the Jewish people’s connection to the land of Israel and the denial of Israel’s right to defend itself. “So much of the world supports Israel’s right to defend itself in theory, but consistently condemns it in practice … but the purpose of the Jewish state is to defend Jewish lives,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu, adding that Israel was recognized and commended by British Colonel Richard Kemp for its efforts to prevent civilian casualties on all sides of battle.
Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel faces three great challenges in the coming months: (1) staying focused on preventing a nuclear Iran, (2) redoubling its efforts to find the path to peace with the Palestinians and to those negotiations as soon as possible, and (3) uniting against any effort to challenge Israel’s rights to defend itself.
Preceding provided by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
(WJC)–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to the US to meet with President Obama on 01 June and discuss security issues.
An invitation to meet with the US President was delivered by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who is touring Israel on the occasion of his son’s bar mitzvah. Obama “has asked me to extend an invitation to you to come visit him at the White House for a work meeting to discuss both our shared security interests as well as our close cooperation in seeking peace between Israel and its neighbors,” the White House chief of staff said Wednesday in a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Netanyahu will already be in North America next week to meet with Canadian government officials.
The meeting comes after the renewal of proximity talks with Palestinians. Obama’s last meeting with Netanyahu, in March, ended inconclusively. It came amid tensions between the two governments over Israel’s building in eastern Jerusalem. Since then the White House has endeavored to smooth tensions, maintaining its opposition to settlement building but emphasizing areas where it is working closely with Israel, such as in missile defense.
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WASHINGTON D.C.–Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama reportedly met twice at the White House on Tuesday, but no official statements were given about the content of the talks. Netanyahu’s office only said the atmosphere of the meeting had been good, despite recent tensions between the US and Israel over the latter’s announcement to build new houses in east Jerusalem.
The two leaders did not issue any statements before or after the meeting and, unusually, did not hold a news conference. White House officials even declined to describe the tone or the substance of the talks or to say if any agreements had been proposed or reached.
According to the ‘Jerusalem Post’, which cites an unnamed official, Obama and Netanyahu initially conferred for about 90 minutes in the Oval Office, and Netanyahu later asked for a second meeting with the president, who then came to the Oval Office for another 35 minutes of talks with the prime minister.
Earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu warned US congressional leaders that acceding to Palestinian demands on building in Jerusalem could set back peace talks by another year.
Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.
The Massachusetts defeat was decisive, and not due to the capacity of a faux Kennedy to draw votes from the Democrat.
The New York Times is anything but unfriendly to the Obama White House. Its conclusions about the loss in Massachusetts are that it will require great effort to rescue a health reform, and it will not be the reform promoted by the White House. Moreover, the defeat signals the public’s disappointment with the president who came to office with cheers echoing around the world. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/health/policy/21congress.html?hp ; http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/us/politics/20assess.html?hp
Iran’s government insulted Obama and his allies by slipping more than two weeks past a year-end deadline for response to an proposal that went far toward giving Iran much of what it wanted, and then rejecting key features of the proposal. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60I59820100120
Great power response is to speak yet again about tougher sanctions, but again the powers are not all on the same page.
A Washington Post commentator found reason for optimism on Obama’s first anniversary.
A respectable Israeli, speaking on the prime morning news show, concluded that the president has been a dismal failure. He began with the Middle East, spoke about major concessions to Russia without anything in return, toured through other unpromising international efforts, and was pessimistic about the prospects of health. This commentator may have been too demanding when he said that America’s economic recovery was not fast enough, but overall he was not far from what Americans and others have been saying.
Meanwhile in Israel, journalists are continuing with juicy stories about Sara Netanyahu, and she is irresistible for satirists. Another former employee has reinforced details mentioned in the housekeeper’s suit about unreasonable demands and temper tantrums. We are hearing details known for years, but usually kept under wraps, that Sara’s power extend to who can work as her husband’s advisers or be selected for key appointments in government departments.
Remember Gary Hart, the Colorado senator with presidential aspirations. His sexual appetites were said to be common knowledge, but not the stuff of news reports until he was too brazen about a boat ride with Donna Rice.
It is too early to know if an embarrassing wife can be as damaging to a political career as an embarrassing girl friend.
The prime minister’s coalition in the Knesset is more solid than the president’s support in Congress. There is not an item on Israel’s domestic agenda comparable in importance to health reform in the United States. We have not heard what Sara thinks about Iran’s nuclear program, so that issue may still be more firmly on Barack’s plate than Bibi’s.
Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University