Netanyahu Insults US

Netanyahu must choose between ideology and U.S. support


Referring to Israel’s announcement of the plan to build 1,600 more housing units in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Axelrod told ABC’s This Week that “what happened there was an affront.” …

“It was an insult, but that’s not the most important thing,” Axelrod added, saying that the move was disruptive to upcoming proximity talks with the Palestinians and that the approval during Biden’s visit “seemed calculated to undermine that, and that was – that was distressing to everyone who is promoting the idea of peace and security in the region.”




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  1. worzzz Says:

    Netanyahu must choose between ideology and U.S. support

    … Obama issued a stern warning to the Israeli prime minister and is now demanding that he take “specific actions” to show he is “committed” to the U.S.-Israel relationship and to the peace process itself. …

    This week presents Netanyahu with a difficult decision. He may choose to visit Washington as planned to speak at the AIPAC conference, which would embarrass the preeminent pro-Israel lobby and put it on a collision course with the Obama administration. Senior U.S. officials will likely decline meetings with him, unless he agrees to at least some of Washington’s conditions. Canceling his flight, however, will be interpreted as acknowledgment of the crisis in U.S.-Israel ties.

    Referring to Israel’s announcement of the plan to build 1,600 more housing units in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Axelrod told ABC’s This Week that “what happened there was an affront.” …

    “It was an insult, but that’s not the most important thing,” Axelrod added, saying that the move was disruptive to upcoming proximity talks with the Palestinians and that the approval during Biden’s visit “seemed calculated to undermine that, and that was – that was distressing to everyone who is promoting the idea of peace and security in the region.”


    EU hints Israel must renew peace talks if it wants closer ties

    “We’re a huge supplier of aid and development in that region. We are strong with Israel in terms of trade and Israel wants to enhance its relationship with us, it wants to upgrade relations,”

    Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who is also taking part in the meeting in Finnish Lapland, said he suspected Israel had purposefully made the announcement on new settlements, and said he had doubts about Israel’s commitment to peace.


    … a survey published in Haaretz last week … Half our young people think that Arabs do not deserve the same rights as Jews; 56 percent believe that they should not be allowed to run for a Knesset seat …

    If the so-called demographic problem can’t be solved by driving Arabs out, we’ll try to get rid of them another way: destroy their identity, cloud their national memory and turn them into Israelis, not to mention Zionists …

    there will be no democracy here. They aren’t loyal to the state? The state is much less loyal to them.


    Israel demands peace from Palestinians as its own racism spreads.

    … The incitement index is not intended to actually gauge the measure of hatred Palestinians feel toward Israel, or to create the vaunted culture of peace. It is simply another dishonest tool being used to present Israel as a pure, righteous and peace-loving nation, all of whose citizens love Arabs. This is a veil intended to conceal the fact that, while a culture of peace is being demanded of the Palestinians, the Israeli side is witnessing an unimpeded spread of a culture of racism


    Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel

    The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

    “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” Ma’ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”

    Netanyahu reportedly made the comments during a conference at Bar-Ilan University on the division of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. ….


    UN humanitarian chief warns of disaster if Gaza siege continues.

  2. worzzz Says:

    Netanyahu: Israel will keep building in Jerusalem.

    “The cabinet’s decision to end the construction freeze after 10 months remains,” Netanyahu said. … Netanyahu gave no indication he would cancel the project or limit construction in east Jerusalem.

    Now is the time for Obama to kick azz. — Cut all aid to Israel.

  3. worzzz Says:

    Israel. – Give that cantankerous nation the boot .. Once and for all.

    Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their lowest ebb in 35 years

    … the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) condemned recent statements by the U.S. government regarding its ties with Israel, amid tensions over Israel’s recent announcement of its plan to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem. …

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton harshly criticized the announcement last week of plans to expand the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in East Jerusalem while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel.

    Haaretz has learned that Clinton’s list includes at least four steps the United States expects Netanyahu to carry out to restore confidence in bilateral relations and permit the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.

    1. Investigate the process that led to the announcement of the Ramat Shlomo construction plans in the middle of Biden’s visit. The Americans seek an official response from Israel on whether this was a bureaucratic mistake or a deliberate act carried out for political reasons. Already on Saturday night, Netanyahu announced the convening of a committee to look into the issue.

    2. Reverse the decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to approve construction of 1,600 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo.

    3. Make a substantial gesture toward the Palestinians enabling the renewal of peace talks. The Americans suggested that hundreds of Palestinian prisoners be released, that the Israel Defense Forces withdraw from additional areas of the West Bank and transfer them to Palestinian control, that the siege of the Gaza Strip be eased and further roadblocks in the West Bank be removed.

    4. Issue an official declaration that the talks with the Palestinians, even indirect talks, will deal with all the conflict’s core issues – borders, refugees, Jerusalem, security arrangements, water and settlements. …

    … The election year is an open season for the pro-Israel lobby, whose influence on both parties, including Obama’s, is great. “United Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people” was always the Judgment Day weapon of the Israeli and Jewish right during its assaults on Capitol Hill. …

    This is the time for the leader of the greatest superpower to pull out the Obama plan for two states with Jerusalem as their capital. …

    Europe ‘determined’ in push for Middle East peace talks.

    “Israel must understand that the international community is angry … and that there must be a price,”

    … US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she had been “insulted” by Israel’s announcement,

  4. worzzz Says:

    The Government of Israel has insulted the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, one of the greatest ‘friends’ of Israel (meaning: somebody totally subservient to AIPAC) and spat in the face of President Barack Obama. — So what? It‘s all a matter of timing, notes Uri Avnery.


    A crisis.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called on the Obama administration to take steps to defuse tension with Israel, while Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said bilateral relations are in crisis. …


    … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Netanyahu. She called, for three-quarters of an hour on Friday, to “berate,” “rebuke,” “warn” and “condemn” Israel – depending on your newspaper of choice – for the “insult to the United States,” and for sending, in the words of her spokesman, “a deeply negative signal about Israel’s approach to the bilateral relationship.” …


    Berkley, ADL push back on U.S. criticism of Israel.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Republican leader, a Democratic Jewish congresswoman and the Anti-Defamation League pushed back against the Obama administration’s continuing rebukes of Israel for its building announcement last week.

    U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and the ADL described the State Department’s tough criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “overreaction” — Berkley said it was an “irresponsible overreaction” and the ADL said it was a “gross overreaction.”

    A spokesman for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the U.S. House of Representatives minority leader, told Commentary magazine that “the tone and substance we are seeing emerge as a pattern for this Administration are both disappointing and of great concern.” …


    AIPAC Demands US Back Down Now!

    AIPAC has issued one heck of a statement trashing the administration and defending Netanyahu.

    It’s a standard AIPAC statement, in that it takes the side of the Israeli right over whoever constitutes the opposition. Except this one is blasting the United States and not the Arabs, or left-wing college students or Israeli doves. It is attacking the nation that provides it with more aid, by far, than any other country. Unlike the British prime minister who refused to criticize LBJ on the grounds that “the United Kingdom does not kick its creditor in the balls,” Israel has just done that. This AIPAC statement belongs in the Chutzpah Hall of Fame.

    It also belongs in the Staff Ineptitude Hall of Fame. – No one expects AIPAC to side with Obama over Netanyahu. …

    But clearly the lobby, in addition to being locked into slavish devotion to Netanyahu by its donors like casino mogul and far right extremist Sheldon Adelson, has lost its professional touch. This is the single most inept and clumsy statement ever put out by a “pro-Israel” organization. Heads should roll over this one.

    This is clearly the lobbying position AIPAC will be selling to Congress. It will be urging super pro-AIPAC legislators like DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen, Anthony Wiener, Alan Grayson, Howard Berman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Steny Hoyer etc to sign on to this statement as they have always backed Israel in the past (see Gaza war). – Same with Boxer, Schumer, Specter, and others who never deviate from the AIPAC line. …


    Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the U.S. House of Representatives blasted the Obama administration’s criticism of Israel …

    Senator Sam Brownback (R-KA) lambasted the Obama administration for its scathing criticism of Israel …

  5. worzzz Says:

    The Obama-Netanyahu Showdown

    … This time, if President Obama plays his cards right, he could bring down the extremist government of Bibi Netanyahu. But that depends on whether Obama displays the guts and gumption necessary for a full-frontal challenge to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and its allies. …

  6. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC and its friends are counting on organizing Congressional resistance so that the Obama administration will back down and accept Netanyahu’s plans to expand settlements. Yesterday, Netanyahu said, “The building in Jerusalem — and in all other places — will continue in the same way as has been customary over the last 42 years.”

    `Biden had to wipe spit off his face and say it was only rain.’

    Israel slapped America – and may have jolted Obama awake.

  7. worzzz Says:

    J Street launches campaign in support of tough U.S. stand on Israel.

    … “We cannot let any single provocative Israeli announcement of construction in East Jerusalem, no matter how infuriating, delay progress towards a two-state solution. Bold American leadership is needed now to turn this crisis into a real opportunity to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

  8. worzzz Says:

    U.S. tough love is the kind Israel needs.

    Israel – addicted to the occupation, and showing symptoms of overdose and accumulated damage – has finally found a savior to rescue it from its plight. Israel’s redeemer hasn’t just stood idly by for 40 years, but has even facilitated the habit. However, it seems that change may at last be in the air. …

    Those same people believe friendship means continuing the flow of massive aid without conditions, that it means not only funding the occupation but also cleaning up after its perpetrators by providing firm diplomatic support, and that friendship must be blind and automatic – to the point that it seems like Israel is the superpower and America is under its protection. …

    The facts are clear: Israel has no real intention of quitting the territories or allowing the Palestinian people to exercise their rights. Israel does not truly intend to pursue peace, because life here seems to be good even without it. The continuation of the occupation doesn’t just endanger Israel’s future, it also poses the greatest risk to world peace, serving as a pretext for Israel’s most dangerous enemies.

    No change will come to pass in the complacent, belligerent and condescending Israel of today. …

    We have tried this enough in the past, and all for naught. This is the time to come up with a rehabilitation program for Israel. The entire world, and ultimately Israel too, will applaud Barack Obama if he succeeds. …

    the campaign against Iran’s nuclear program and diplomatic support of Israel – can all be conditioned on an end to the occupation.


    Trust-Building ????!!!!

    Netanyahu is expected, according to the Washington Post report, to tell the Obama administration that he cannot revoke the Ramat Shlomo expansion plan both for legal reasons and as a result of wide public support in continued building in Jerusalem.

    However, according to Diehl’s blog entry, Netanyahu will offer “assurances that the new neighborhood will not be constructed anytime soon; it is, in fact, two or three years from groundbreaking.”

    “Coupled to that would be an Israeli pledge to avoid publicizing further construction decisions in Jerusalem. The result would not be a freeze, but something like a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy for settlements,

  9. worzzz Says:

    Rattling the Cage: Obama, it’s about time.

    …. you can’t build housing for Palestinians in Jewish Jerusalem. By Israeli law, Arabs are effectively prohibited not only from building new homes but even from buying old ones in the Jewish parts of the city. …

    … the Obama administration is in the right and the Netanyahu government is in the wrong: because the US position upholds the principle of democracy, while the Israeli position upholds the principle of separate and unequal. …

    … Obama was letting himself in for one humiliation after another, one reminder of his gutlessness after another, one nail in the coffin of his Middle East policy after another – because everyone knows that this Israeli government is not about to stop building settlements. …


    Did Netanyahu speak in three tongues?

    Regretfully, yes. To the right he said we’re going to freeze the settlements, but only for 10 months so as to demonstrate goodwill. To the Americans, he said, “I’m the first prime minister to freeze construction. What else can you ask of me? After all, none of my predecessors did so.” And to the Palestinians he said, “Nu, now let’s see you.”

    When you speak in three tongues, then from an intellectual point of view, there’s something missing here. If you say “I’m freezing [construction] in order to begin negotiations, and apparently the negotiations will be renewed within 10 months and afterward I’ll start building again,” there’s an internal contradiction, because if you’re willing to stop construction for the purpose of beginning negotiations, what will you say later, when the negotiations are in full flow? How will you resume construction?”

    … the United States expects Israel to maintain the status quo in East Jerusalem and refrain from establishing new facts on this sensitive ground. The American demands are reasonable and fair. …


    Press Release: JINSA Condemns Obama Administration’s Castigation of Israel.

    WASHINGTON–The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs today condemned the “harsh and condescending” tone used by senior Obama Administration officials to castigate the Israeli government, in complete contravention of accepted behavior between long-standing democratic allies. …


    Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism.

  10. worzzz Says:

    Netanyahu will commit a grave error if he is tempted to continue the damaging clash with Obama, and if he uses the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to enlist the president’s political enemies to advance the positions of the Israeli right wing.


    Former Obama Aide New Head of AIPAC

    … Steve Rosen, a former 23-year, high-ranking AIPAC official …


    Top pro-Israel lobby seeks to reduce US pressure on Tel Aviv, divert attention to Iran.

    WASHINGTON – The top pro-Israel lobby opens its annual policy conference here Sunday keeping up the pressure to defuse a US-Israeli row over the Middle East peace process and to divert attention to Iran. …


    Netanyahu to ask Obama for weapons to strike Iran.

    … Netanyahu will also seek returns for the concessions, asking Israel’s closest ally to provide the IAF with sophisticated ‘bunker-buster’ bombs needed to break through to Iran’s nuclear enrichment installations, many of which are buried underground. …

  11. worzzz Says:

    Israel: No building restrictions in east Jerusalem.

    JERUSALEM – Israel will not restrict construction in east Jerusalem, Israel’s prime minister said Sunday hours before leaving for Washington, despite a clear U.S. demand that building there must stop and a crisis in relations between the two longtime allies.

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline statement came just hours before he was scheduled to leave for Washington. …

    More spit in the face of Obama …..

  12. worzzz Says:

    SH*T hits the Fan — Finally !!!!!!

    Netanyahu and Obama are at point of no return.

    …. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to blame for nothing less than damaging the standing of the the Middle East and the Muslim world. …

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decisively supported General David Petraeus, the first American military man in years to describe Israel as a strategic burden on the U.S. …

    with America’s strategic interest on the line, Bibi’s favorite political game (playing the Jewish community and Congress against the White House and the State Department) isn’t working anymore. …

  13. worzzz Says:

    DAILY ALERT — Hasbara

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