Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed US envoy George Mitchell of the contents of the major policy speech which will be delivered on Sunday, and according to US officials the Obama Administration does not consider the contents adequate.
Last week, President Obama informed the Israeli government that he expects them to provide an “updated position” regarding its overall stance on the two-state solution by July. Sunday’s speech is expected to be the closest Israel comes to spelling out that position, but its not the update President Obama is hoping for.
Obama’s open criticism of Israeli policy, uncharacteristic for a US president, has sparked enormous resentment from the Israeli right, and Netanyahu has been under extreme pressure from his own party not to give an inch, and to not even use the phrase “Palestinian state” in his speech.
Other Israeli officials who claim to be privy to Netanyahu’s position say he doesn’t believe in the two-state solution and that he has no intention of halting the ongoing expansion of West Bank settlements, an issue which the US has been pressing them on of late.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump to Boost Exports of Lethal US Drones - March 20th, 2018
- Tests of Substance in Britain Poisoning Will Take Three Weeks - March 20th, 2018
- Iraq Approves Turkish Military Operations Against Border Kurds - March 20th, 2018
- Trump Praises Visiting Saudi Crown Prince, Focusing on Arms Sales - March 20th, 2018
- Cordial Talks Between Trump and Putin; Two Will Meet Soon - March 20th, 2018