Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Obama runs out of patience with Israel

Settlement issue provokes 'biggest crisis in relations for 35 years'

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem and Hugh MacLeod in Doha

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addresses the Knesset in Jerusalem yesterday.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addresses the Knesset in Jerusalem yesterday. He rejected a total freeze on the building of Israeli settlements

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday strongly defended Jewish settlement construction in East Jerusalem in the face of US pressure and what one of his own top diplomats described as the worst crisis in relations with Washington for more than three decades.

A defiant Mr Netanyahu appeared to be digging in despite clear indications that the Obamaadministration is now demanding the scrapping of plans for 1,600 new Jewish homes, whose announcement overshadowed last week's visit to Israel by the US Vice-President Joe Biden. Mr Netanyahu's stance appeared to guarantee, after a highly charged week, the protraction of a stand-off in which a full-scale diplomatic row blew up at the start of Mr Biden's visit and appeared to abate at the end of it. But it was then reignited by demands from Hillary Clintonand an angry White House that Israel make amends for the "insulting" announcement just as indirect negotiations with the Palestinians had finally been arranged.

The US is now said to be demanding substantive concessions from Israel after a warning by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he would not take part in talks if the plan to expand the mainly ultra-orthodox Ramat Shlomo settlement went ahead. The row has appeared finally to bring to a head the year-long tensions between the two governmentssince Barack Obama tried in vain to persuade the Israeli Prime Minister to agree to a total settlement freeze. He was thwarted by Mr Netanyahu who agreed only to a partial 10-month freeze, which did not include East Jerusalem.

It is my opinion that Prime Minister Netanyahu has run out of patience with the arrogant Obama.

He :("O") seems to be doing everything within his power to alienate the strongest ally we have in the Middle East.


  1. What a coincidence, America has run out of patience with Barry too!

  2. I saw an unholy trio in that article. Maybe, just maybe!

  3. How dare obama order another sovereign country to do what he wants. I say "Go Israel" do what you know you need to do to protect your country because sure as heck this lousy misadministration will not.

  4. blogging at http://prayer4thejourney.wordpress.com just so you know . . .sorry I took so long to let you know where. God bless you and God bless America.


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