Defiant Netanyahu, Emboldened by GOP Electoral Gains, Challenges Obama
November 10, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not backing down from the newly announced Jewish settlements in the annexed territory of East Jerusalem. After President Obama condemned the expansion of housing as unhelpful to the already stalled Middle East peace talks, BiBi answered right back, declaring all of Jerusalem is the capitol of the Jewish State. Netanyahu then pressed the U.S. to threaten Iran with military action to curb its nuclear ambitions. The defiant Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday. It should be an interesting chat.
It’s not like Netanyahu’s defiance is something new on the diplomatic front, but his tone seems to be more in-your-face since the more sympathetic pro-Israel, hawkish Republicans regained control of the House.
The New York Times reports the Obama administration is trying to salvage the peace talks with the Palestinians, but the prospects for any meaningful progress appears slim, as long as Israel continues to build Jewish housing units in disputed territories.
“When asked in about Israel’s plans for 1,000 housing units for a contested part of East Jerusalem, Mr. Obama said, “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.”
‘“I’m concerned that we’re not seeing each side make the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough,” the president added during his visit to Indonesia. “Each of these incremental steps can end up breaking trust.”’
“A few hours later, Mr. Netanyahu’s office responded with a statement, saying that “Jerusalem is not a settlement; Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel.”’
Peace in the Middle East is looking more and more like a pipe dream.