On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and following President Obama’s comments warning that Israel could not just keep occupying Palestinian territory forever, the president met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and by all accounts avoided all things Palestine.
Obama made one mention of being concerned about Israel’s massive settlement expansion, and that was basically the end of it, with Israeli officials referring to it as a “light-hearted” meeting at which the two got alone better than they’ve tended to throughout their respective administrations.
White House officials claimed Obama had raised other concerns behind closed doors, but didn’t want to make them publicly, while Israeli officials claimed Netanyahu had told Obama that the settlements were totally no big deal and that the Palestinians were the real problem.
Whatever happened behind the scenes, it was clear both sides were eager to put on a show of getting along really well in the wake of signing a record military aid deal last week, in which the US will be giving Israel $38 billion in arms over the next decade.
12 thoughts on “Obama, Netanyahu Meet, Avoid Talking About Palestinians”
Quite true, Israel cannot keep occupying more Palestinian land forever: there will eventually no more Palestinian land left to occupy, and all will have been stolen by Israel. Meanwhile, it is a safe bet that neither Obama nor any future US President will do anything about this historic land theft, beyond expressing “concern” in “light-hearted” discussions with whatever Israeli Prime Minister is handing our President his/her lunch.
[behind closed doors]
Obama: [pouring martinis] I’m gonna miss these shell-game theatrics. It was fun while it lasted, Benny.
Netanyahu: Yeah. Real fun.
Obama: What a show last yeah, eh? We had ’em convinced we weren’t joined at the hip.
Netanyahu: Hollywood’s worth more than just a silver screen. We had our best scribes on it.
Obama: I look forward to the drama premiering this November. Any spoilers for the CiC?
Netanyahu: [coughs] Well, let’s just say we’ll keep things interesting in your streets. [pauses after taking martini in hand] It’s amazing just how taken by illusion your people are.
Obama: Yeah, that it is. [raises glass] Next year in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu: Yes Mr. President, I thank you on behave of the Israeli people for the $38 billion but I’m still going to need that blowjob.
And although we promised not to seek any more aid for a 10 year period, we’ll do it anyway. We needed $50 billion, and we’ll sue to get it.
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Thank you for pointing that out Mr.Knapp people who comment on these matters need to realize this is serious discussion and original opinions
I’am so sorry but I just could not control myself . I bet I just gave another un approved comment . So sorry if I messed up your no 1 agenda other than Antiwar .
I see all my comments were posted I didn’t expect you to be able to take any criticism . Thank you very much and God bless you all
All of your comments were posted — the one with content and the three whining that your comments probably wouldn’t be posted.
Obama is wise .He did not want to be kicked on face by Netanyahu.He kept silence on Palestine.
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