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Obama Team Readying for Confrontation with Netanyahu


Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu
By Aluf Benn | Haaretz

In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.

The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

In recent weeks, American officials have briefed senior Democratic congressmen and prepared the ground for the possibility of disagreements with Israel over the peace process, according to information recently received. The administration's efforts are focused on President Barack Obama's Democratic Party, which now holds a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The preemptive briefing is meant to foil the possibility that Netanyahu may try to bypass the administration by rallying support in Congress.

The message that administration officials have relayed to the congressmen is that President Obama is committed to the security of Israel and intends to continue the military assistance agreement that was signed by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

However, Obama considers the two-state solution central to his Middle East policy, as he reiterated during a speech in Turkey on Monday, and he intends to ask that Netanyahu fulfill all the commitments made by previous governments in Israel: accepting the principle of a Palestinian state; freezing settlement activity; evacuating illegal outposts; and providing economic and security assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Administration officials made it clear to congressmen that the Palestinians will also be required to fulfill their obligations in line with the road map and the Annapolis process.

According to the reports received in Israel, the U.S. administration is not concerned about recent statements by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman calling for a rejection of the Annapolis process or overtures made by Netanyahu during the election campaign.

U.S. officials say they will wait and hear Netanyahu's position from the prime minister himself when he meets Obama in Washington next month.

No hurry to play mediator

The Obama administration is also not opposed to the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria but will insist that the Syrian track not be used in Jerusalem as a way of evading obligations undertaken by Israel as part of the Annapolis process.

Obama is in no hurry to bring the U.S. in as lead mediator between Israel and Syria. American involvement, which both Israel and Syria consider essential for substantive progress, will remain conditional on progress in the dialogue between Washington and Damascus.

Regarding Iran, the Obama administration is preparing the ground for a policy distinguishing between Iran's right to have nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment done under international supervision, and the actual building of a nuclear weapon.

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Netanyahu is a surly bully so let's hope Obama doesn't go all whimpy like every president since Kennedy when it comes to Israel. He needs our support on this one, so everyone please back him up as this is OUR US survival mode now at stake too . Oh, and Obama better kick AIPAC's asses out of OUR COUNTRY too, while he's at it!

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

"see, I told you so", because our new president is as unpredictable as a spring rain storm. Believe me, I desperately want to say Barack will do the right thing, but after he stabbed us during the primaries and voted for FISA when he vowed to filibuster, I have had an extreme love/hate relationship with him. Andrew Sullivan has a good blog about how Obama is letting his enemies self destruct
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/arti... The funniest line (ever!) in this is "Then came John McCain, merrily strapping on the suicide bomb of Sarah Palin." (I'm a sucker for a good Sarah Palin joke :)
I wish I could be as optimistic as Andrew is, because I'm seeing some very Bush-like tactics of which the new warrantless wiretapping (per the Patriot Act; which is a horrible bill that needs to be destroyed/killed) is even worse than anything El Smirky's lawyers could have dreamed of. He may very well be moving cautiously/foolishly because he knows his very life is in danger if he moves to prosecute Cheney (and co-criminals), but part of the job description is being BRAVE. It's the part most president's in the last forty years have ignored, but that's their failure. I'm giving Barack some time to sort this out, but he's definitely acting like we're all going to suddenly forget the last eight years and that's just putting his head in the sand like an ostrich. We're still going to be standing here when he pulls his head out :) Now it's reported from a "unnamed source" close to the White House that the Republicans have threatened to "go nuclear" if he releases more OLC torture memo's, but that could just be Barack's excuse (that they planted) to NOT release them after they said they would. I feel like a cheated on lover with the FISA gig, but reluctantly took him back, but if he thinks this shit's going to fly, he has another thing coming. If Dawn Johnsen doesn't get confirmed at the OLC, that's going to be very close to a dealbreaker.

I was under the impression that Netanyahu's power was greatly diminished as a result of the limited majority he got in the election. If he has limited power then e is greatly restrained from a lot of the things he would otherwise be willing to do, IE: War, etc ..

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He will be here stateside lobbying for war against Iran in May 3-5 AIPAC "Policy Conference" in DC:

http://www.aipac.org/2841.asp

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

http://www.netanyahu.org/

Netanyahu merely picks up where Bush left off.

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

There's exactly ZERO chance Israel could bully its Likud agenda on the ME without the borderless-billionaires of AIPAC. This is why they are so vociferous in counter-attacking AIPAC criticisms here and in Canada... "break out the thugs" every time and immediately.

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Actually there is, I wonder who will be the first brave American soul to implement RICO and/or FARA on AIPAC? American monuments & statues would be built of this man or woman, streets & schools would be renamed in his or her honor!
We have a dream... :-)

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

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