Monday, April 20, 2009
Israeli Ambassador Thanks Obama
Sallai Merido, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in his opening statement before a meeting of ADL, the Jewish Anti-Defamation league, this morning thanked President Obama for refusing to allow U.S. Participation in the Durban proganda show.
President Obama said, "As long as the participants are using the conference as a Forum to single out Israel the U.S. will not participate.They did this before in 2001 and the U.S. walked out. Since they are using 2001 as a start, we see no point in participating since we disagree on their views about Israel, our closest ally."
In discussing Iran he, the Ambassador said, "We agree with President Obama that Iran's policy is a threat to peace and stability."
President Obama has said, "We will do everything in our power to prevent Iran
from gaining nuclear weapons.
In other news, as we have predicted, the Palestinian Authority has rejected
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s condition for moving ahead on
negotiations to establish "two states for two peoples."
PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh on Thursday night slammed Netanyahu’s insistence that the PA first accept the concept of Israel as a Jewish State before Israel continues talks.
Netanyahu told United States Middle East envoy George Mitchell earlier in the evening that Israel is willing to discuss the creation of a PA State – but only if the PA recognizes Israel as a Jewish State."Israel expects the Palestinians to first recognize Israel as a Jewish State
before talking about two states for two peoples," Netanyahu said.
The Fatah-led PA government based in Ramallah has agreed in the past to recognize Israel, but not as a Jewish State.
Hamas in Gaza, meanwhile, still refuses to recognize Israel at all, referring
to the Jewish State only as "the Zionist entity" whenever it must discuss Israel.
Mitchell was also warned by Netanyahu that the "two-state solution" requires the cooperation of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The prime minister told the U.S. envoy that Israel must have guarantees that a new PA state will not turn Judea and Samaria into a terrorist enclave asHamas terrorists have already done in Gaza.
There are concerns that Hamas is making inroads into Judea and Samaria as they did in Gaza, and there can be no deals with Hamas terrorists.