Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Netanyahu meets Obma: no big deal

"The President and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed a number of issues in the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship," the bland White House read-out of the meeting says. "The President reaffirmed our strong commitment to Israel’s security, and discussed security cooperation on a range of issues. The President and Prime Minister also discussed Iran and how to move forward on Middle East peace."
That was all the communiqué mentioned after Netanyahu finally met with president Obama on Monday night, Laura Rozen tells us. No big deal, it seems. It wasn't, though Laura Rozen adds something.The reason why it took several days before the White House agreed to a meeting, she writes, was that the White House wanted something in return. And that something was, as the Wall Street unveiled, a committment on Netanyahu's part that he would express stronger support for negotiations on a Palestinian state in his speech for the (big) general assemblee of United Jewish Communities on Tuesday. Which he did, he appealed to Mahmoud Abbas to come sit an negotiate. Again: big deal. Or?     

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