Obama might take diplomatic steps against settlements in West Bank, Israeli PM says

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netanyahu in hot waterIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed concern that U.S. President Barack Obama, during the final days of his term in office, might take diplomatic steps that could harm the fate of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Israel is concerned that the United States might not rally to its assistance in the event that an anti-settlement resolution is put to a vote in the United Nations Security Council and that Washington might not use its veto to quash such a move.

Obama’s strong opposition to settlement building on land Palestinians seek for a future state has also raised speculation in Israel that he might try to define parameters for a final peace agreement that has eluded Israel and the Palestinians since interim deals were signed in the early 1990s.

Peace talks collapsed in 2014, with settlements a key issue in the dispute between the parties.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office clarified that he had told settlers in a closed meeting last week he hoped Obama would not act in the same way that some previous U.S. administrations had done at the end of their term, when they had “promoted initiatives that did not align with Israel’s interests”. He did not specify any examples.

The statement repeated what Netanyahu had already told Israeli reporters in New York following his address to the U.N. General Assembly last month when he said: “I can only hope that the U.S.’s consistent policy will continue to the end of his (Obama’s) tenure (on January 20).”

It also denied what Israeli Channel 2 had ascribed to Netanyahu earlier on Wednesday when it quoted him as telling the settlers that “in the coming period, between the U.S. elections and the end of the term of (U.S. President Barack) Obama – the entire settlement movement is under threat.”

The United States has consistently criticised Israel over its West Bank settlement drive and earlier this month, Washington issued a strong rebuke at Israeli plans to build what it called a new Jewish settlement which it said would damage prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

In unusually harsh words, Washington also accused Israel of going back on its word that no new settlements would be built. Obama raised concerns about the settlements when he met Netanyahu in New York.

The United States contends that the project constitutes the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank, contrary to assurances Netanyahu made to Obama that no new settlements would be built. Israel regards the planned homes as part of an existing settlement.

 

REUTERS

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38 responses to “Obama might take diplomatic steps against settlements in West Bank, Israeli PM says”

  1. man-o-war Avatar

    Illegal settlements should be dismantled and a Palestinian state created along side the state of Israel. I wanted to share my opinions and feeling on the matter with my adoring fans. Please no questions at this time.

    1. *** dirty yahudi *** Avatar
      *** dirty yahudi ***

      yahudis dont care for ur opininyon. we take everythin

      1. man-o-war Avatar

        Nobody really cares what a racist troll thinks. Get lost

  2. Rudy1947 Avatar

    Israel builds a nation, PaliArabs build rockets, tunnels, and false promises.

    1. Congrats. You win the ‘dumbest comment of the month’ contest.

      Israel builds a nation – What does that even mean?

      Israel is stolen Palestinian lands. 95%+ of the people currently in Israel have no ties to the land. Palestine was wanted by the Anglo-American bankers. The job was done by Eurasian Jewish terrorists: Stern Gang, Irgun (Likud today) and Haganah (IDF today).

      PaliArabs build rockets – Really? They should start a defense company.

      false promises – How do you build that?

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        The Jews had more Legos.

        1. “95%+ of the people currently in Israel have no ties to the land”, minus the 20% of the Palestinian arabs….
          Only ‘Sabras’ have ties to the land.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (I thought that was ‘Sabres’ //)

      2. Rudy1947 Avatar

        “Palestine was wanted by the Anglo-American bankers”

        Wasn’t too much of an investment for any banker. Only a group of people with the knowledge and determination of turning a rather bleak place into a nation. The Arabs and Ottoman’s had it for centuries and only got better when the Zionists went to work.

        Your reference to Haganah, Stern Gang and Irgun is interesting. The PaliArabs of the day had the resources of several Arab nations but were unsuccessful is removing the new state of Israel. That continued failure by other Arabs continues today.

        “PaliArabs build rockets – Really? They should start a defense company.”

        They did have a defense company called the Soviet Union.

        1. It sure was an investment: it allowed them to move forward with their WW2 plans and have a foot in the Middle East.

          What ‘several resources’ are you talking about? No Arab country sent soldiers or weapons to the Palestinians to defend themselves from the invaders. Several hundred villages were systematically destroyed and the Palestinians were displaced by Jews in order to create Israel.

          You said they built rockets, why switch to the Soviet Union now?

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            The foot in the ME was in the oil producing countries.

            “No Arab country sent soldiers or weapons to the Palestinians to defend themselves from the invaders.” MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

            “You said they built rockets, why switch to the Soviet Union now?”

            Reading history backwards again?

          2. If the creation of Israel is not a foot in the Middle East, then I don’t know what it is.

            Correct, no Arab country sent their armies or weapons to defend Palestinians civilians. Arab countries fought a war with newly founded Israel.

            You wrote: PaliArabs build rockets. To build is to construct, put parts together.

          3. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Israel just had tons of oil…not. Any investment by the “bankers ” was in the oil producing countries.

            Jordan and the Muslim Brotherhood, MB just to remind you, played a roll in the Arab defense.

            I have no idea where you’re going with the “construct” thing.

          4. Where did you read me write that the investment was ‘oil’? You’re the one who keeps talking about it.

            I believe we were talking about two different events: you with the actual war between the Arab countries and newly founded Israel and me the destruction of Palestinians villages and displacement of civilians that led to that war.

            Aside from Nasser, I highly doubt any of the Arab countries involved in the war against Israel had desire or will to win. Besides, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood is very much in ligne with the West (Britain): http://bit.ly/2dtp6ly

            About ‘construct’ -> to point out that Palestinians did/do not build rockets.

          5. Rudy1947 Avatar

            You are dumber than a bags of rocks. Yeah I’m bringing it up because it’s quite true.

            Changing the venue might be good at a restaurant.

            Jordan’s King Abdullah is a fine candidate.

          6. Have you engaged step 1 of 3 of your divert, dilute, laugh to walk away modus operandi?

            You said Palestinians build rockets. To build is to construct, to assemble from different parts. Receiving them from the Soviet Union, Iran and god knows who else is not ‘building’.

            Are you starting to realize who’s ‘dumber than a bag of rocks’?

          7. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I made an error. You dumber than 2 bags rocks.

          8. Something tells me you’re still butt-hurt from past comments.

            ps – one bag, two bags

          9. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Okay, make it three bags of rocks and frayed burlap.

          10. So it is past comments. It’s not good to keep a grudge.

          11. Rudy1947 Avatar

            What grudge, you are making some dumb comments.

          12. Hit a nerve Roodie?

          13. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Don’t see you discussing the issue anymore. Did I hit a black hole?

          14. You did what you do best: divert and dilute. Quoting you:

            You are dumber than a bags of rocks. Yeah I’m bringing it up because it’s quite true.

            Changing the venue might be good at a restaurant.

            Jordan’s King Abdullah is a fine candidate.

            And thus, the ‘conversation’ is where it is now.

          15. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Where did I divert? It’s your Modus Operandi to divert, hence the restaurant comment. King Abdullah was involved just like the MB. Total diversion on your part. Now, do you have a rebuttable other that a diversion señor or do you wish to be the fourth bag of rocks.

          16. How have I diverted?

            I’ve been calling out (and illustrated with examples) your modus operandi of diverting, diluting, laughing/mocking/ridiculing to tap out for months and you’re saying now that my modus operandi is to divert? (laughing) You don’t go too far, don’t you? Apply the Zionist tactic: steal, copy and make it yours. A good student you are.

            I never said neither the MB nor Abdullah were not involved.

          17. I’d substitute the rocks for “puddles of puke”, but certainly agree with the general thrust of your argument. 🙂

    2. I have to admit, their knafeh is pretty spectacular. 🙂

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Israel, where Rabbi Dove Lior from the settlements gives his ‘blessing’ for Rabin’s assassination during elections, where candidate Netanyahu gives the murderer Yigal Amir permission to vote for him from prison….

    “Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, a settlement of 7,000 Jews overlooking Hebron, once ruled it was all
    right to use Arabs imprisoned for security offences for medical experiments.” Something is rotten in the State
    of Israel..Netanyahu is still there. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-two-year-plot-to-kill-rabin-1581543.html

    1. Rabin was a good man who wanted peace and prosperity. No wonder he was killed by the Zionists.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Call it the fight within Israel against those who would like some peace.

  4. Obama might take.

    T minus 18 days left in the White House – it’s early.

    Why bother telling another lie?

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Exactly, outlaws who buy Politicians, who ignore International Law, anyone who criticize Israel has his or her career and life destroyed.

    2. man-o-war Avatar

      “T minus 18 days left in the White House”, not correct. He is president until January 20th, 2017.

      1. Thanks for the correction. It still won’t change a thing.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Nope … everyone will be shopping for Christmas. :-))

          1. Exactly.

  5. *** dirty yahudi *** Avatar
    *** dirty yahudi ***

    obamba good goyim no problem. he make good monei after he leave.

    good foto for mr mileikowsky. goyim know him in netanyahu

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