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May 20, 2011

BiBi to Barry: No, No, and No! (Updated)

Topics: Israel

Just now on Fox: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells President Barack Obama no, no, and no:

  • No return to 1967 'lines'
  • No dealing with PA unless PA and Hamas drop refusal to accept Israel's right to exist.
  • No 'right of return' for Palestinian refuges.
He also delivered a big smacked down of Obama's naivete by saying "Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle East reality."

And the body language was telling. Netanyahu is a statesman, Obama nothing more than a blissfully naive politician.


Here's another image - Obama looks like he's not very happy.

From the Jerusalem Post:

[...] The US president said that any final solution must include two states, Israel and a Palestinian state, which exist viably on each others borders.

Netanyahu said that while the refugee issue needed to be resolved, it could not be resolved within Israel's borders.

Obama reiterated that Israel's security would be "paramount" in any likely peace deal with the Palestinians.

In remarks to reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said he had reiterated the principles he had laid out on Thursday.

Both men acknowledged differences between their positions.

Update: Here's the video (via The Right Scoop): Netanyahu politely and coolly schools Obama while utterly dismantling the points in his speech (and it's easy to see who's the adult in the room):

Included in Netanyahu's comments is this jewel:

We've been around for almost four thousand years. We've experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We've gone through expulsions, pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions.

But I can say that even at the dearth, even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.

And now it falls on my shoulders as the Prime Minister of Israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the middle east to work with you and fashion a peace that will ensure Israel's security and will not jeopardize it's survival.

From Allahpundit:
[...] Normally these Oval Office grip-and-grins begin with a few minutes of blah-blah from the president about America's enduring bond with the other leader's country, followed by a minute or so from that leader about the "productive discussion" they just had, and that's it. Not this time: Netanyahu takes off here for a good seven minutes, parts of which are so cutting -- the conclusion about history not giving the Jewish people another chance is simply devastating -- that it's hard to believe it was extemporaneous. In fact, by the end he's facing Obama and addressing him personally, just to add to the theater. Bibi knew this would be his golden opportunity to pay Obama back for yesterday's speech, and darned if he didn't seize it. It's riveting. O was probably completely blindsided by it too, but no doubt realized quickly that this little history lesson would soon go viral in the media and online. Hopefully no meaningful agreements were reached earlier in their private meeting, because if they were, you can forget about 'em now.
And note that Bibi didn't need, or use, a teleprompter.

Related: Over at RedState, 'Academic Elephant' explains why the Israelis should be so hostile to President Obama's suggestion that the two-state solution be achieved by returning the Jewish state to its 1967 borders.

Also, take the time to read Oliver North's "Dancing With Arafat's Ghost"

Image credit: NPR's ''Obama Says Israel's Security Is 'Paramount'''

Posted by Hyscience at May 20, 2011 2:28 PM

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