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Obama: Israelis suspicious of me because my


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with the U.S. alert over concern Israel
'preparing something for
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U.S. President Barack Obama told Channel 2 News on Wednesday that
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he believed Israel would not try to surprise the U.S. with a unilateral
attack on Iran. Security Council denounces
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In an interview aired Thursday evening, Obama was asked whether he southern Lebanon
was concerned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would try to attack Comments
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Iran without clearing the move with the U.S., to which the president
replied "I think the relationship between Israel and the U.S. is Share
sufficiently strong that neither of us try to surprise each other, but we Foreign ministry: Libyan aid
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Obama spoke to
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Channel 2's Yonit Levy
one day after what he described as an "excellent" meeting with Report: Hezbollah on high
Netanyahu at the White House. The two leaders met alone for about alert over concern Israel
90 minutes Tuesday evening, during which time they discussed the 'preparing something for
peace process with the Palestinians, the contested Iranian nuclear us'
program, and the strategic understandings between their two
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countries on Tehran's efforts to achieve nuclear capabilities.

Netanyahu promised Obama during their meeting that Israel would Foreign ministry: Libyan aid
undertake confidence-building measures toward the Palestinian ship won't dock in Gaza
Authority in the coming days and weeks. These steps are likely to
include the transfer of responsibility over more parts of the West Bank 120 comments
over to PA security forces.

During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety


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that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that "some of it may
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oppose
just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates
suspicion." 48 comments

"Ironically, I've got a Chief of Staff named Rahm Israel Emmanuel. My


top political advisor is somebody who is a descendent of Holocaust
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survivors. My closeness to the Jewish American community was
government to end Israel
probably what propelled me to the U.S. Senate," Obama said.
aid over settlements

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"I think that sometimes, particularly in the Middle East, there's the
feeling of the friend of my enemy must be my enemy, and the truth of
the matter is that my outreach to the Muslim community is designed
precisely to reduce the antagonism and the dangers posed by a hostile
Muslim world to Israel and to the West," Obama went on to say.
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Obama: Israelis suspicious of me because my


Obama added that he believed a peace agreement between Israel and
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the Palestinians could be achieved within his current term. "I think
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[Netanyahu] understands we've got a fairly narrow window of
opportunity… We probably won’t have a better opportunity than we
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have right now. And that has to be seized. It’s going to be difficult."
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The American President entirely sidestepped the question of whether 120 comments

the U.S. would pressure Israel to extend a current 10-month


moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements, failing to give a Obama to Abbas: I will make every effort to
clear answer. The moratorium is set to expire in September, and ensure Palestinian statehood
Netanyahu has announced that he would not extend the timeframe. 50 comments

The U.S., however, views continued Israeli settlement construction as


a serious obstacle to peace efforts. Report: Hezbollah on high alert over concern
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When asked whether he thought Netanyahu was the right man to 11 comments
strike a peace deal with the Palestinians, the U.S. President said that
"I think Prime Minister Netanyahu may be very well positioned to bring
this about," adding that Israel will have to overcome many hurdles in Israel special
order to affect the change required to "secure Israel for another 60
years"

In a separate interview with another Israeli media outlet, Obama


proclaimed that he was not "blindly optimistic" regarding the chances
of a Middle East peace agreement.
Israel is right to be skeptical about the peace process, he said in
another yet-to-be-aired interview that was taped on Wednesday. He
noted during the interview that many people thought the founding of
Israel was impossible, so its very existence should be "a great source
of hope."

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Netanyahu told U.S. Jewish leaders that


direct Palestinian-Israeli talks would begin "very soon", but warned
that they would be "very, very tough."
Netanyahu told his cabinet earlier this week before flying to
Washington that the time had come for Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas to prepare to meet directly with the Israelis, as it was the only
way to advance peace.

Israelis and Palestinians have been holding indirect talks mediated by


Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell. Aides to
Obama sounded a hopeful tone regarding the negotiations last week,
telling reporters that the shuttle diplomacy between the two sides had
paid off and the gaps have narrowed.

At a meeting with representatives of Jewish organizations at the Plaza


Hotel late Wednesday, Netanyahu discussed the efforts to promote
Middle East peace. "This is going to be a very, very tough
negotiation," he said, adding "the sooner the better."
"Direct negotiations must begin right away, and we think that they
will," he said.
 

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