´It´s possible Abbas is too weak to deliver the goods´ says Obama (ISRAEL HAYOM) Yoni Hirsch, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff 06/07/12)
Israel Hayom Articles-Index-Top
U.S. president tells Orthodox Union delegation: "I´m worried that the
window of opportunity for reaching a peace agreement is closing" • PA
president says two-state solution based on 1967 borders "may not stay
on the table for a long time" • Rumsfeld warns Israel not to trust
Obama administration on Iran.
U.S. President Barack Obama appears to be upping the ante in his
efforts to win the Jewish vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Joined by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew, an Orthodox Jew,
Obama met with a delegation of rabbis from the U.S.-based Orthodox
Union on Tuesday, and addressed the long-standing criticism of his
administration´s policy toward Israel.
During the meeting, Obama refuted claims that he was too rigid with
Israel in terms of its negotiations with the Palestinians, and
insisted that his position is first and foremost pro-Israel.
According to Obama, his stance on the settlement construction freeze
reflects the same policy as the previous four U.S. administrations.
The president expressed his disappointment in the Palestinians,
saying "It´s possible that [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud
Abbas is too weak to deliver the goods. I´m worried that the window
of opportunity for reaching a peace agreement is closing."
Abbas, for his part, urged Israel on Tuesday to accept a two-state
solution based on the 1967 borders, warning that the opportunity "may
not stay on the table for a long time" given the political upheavals
caused by the Arab Spring.
Abbas set out the Palestinian case for statehood and full U.N.
membership at a World Economic Forum conference in Istanbul,
stressing that membership in the U.N. should not prejudice
negotiations with Israel.
"I would like to address our Israeli neighbors and say we are seekers
of peace and freedom and our people made a major sacrifice when they
accepted establishing their state on less than a quarter of the area
of historical Palestine," Abbas said.
"So do not turn your backs on this opportunity ... this opportunity
may not stay on the table for a long time because the region is
witnessing rapid developments," he said.
Meanwhile, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in an
interview on Tuesday that the Israeli government can’t trust that the
Obama administration would not leak information regarding an
impending strike against Iran.
In a message to Israel, Rumsfeld said, "If I were an Israeli leader,
I think I’d have trouble coordinating with the United States
government about something like [a strike on Iran] for fear it would
When asked if he thought the Israelis would be justified in fearing a
leak, Rumsfeld replied: "Oh, my goodness, yes. Absolutely. If you, I
mean, the last thing in the world you want to do is put your air
forces in jeopardy by having it telegraphed that that’s something
you’re doing. And if you tried to coordinate with this
administration, I would think that there is at least a reasonable
chance that it would leak out. So I would anticipate that a
responsible Israeli government, given the relationship, would very
likely have to make a decision on their own, and proceed."
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY