Masters Lieberman and Netanyahu Praise Obama for
Standing Against Palestinian Aspirations for Freedom
Netanyahu tells Obama Palestinian UN bid doomed
Published yesterday (updated) 21/09/2011 20:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that
direct negotiation was the only way to achieve a stable Middle East
peace and the Palestinian effort to secure UN recognition of statehood
"will not succeed."
Netanyahu made the remarks at a meeting with
President Barack Obama, who reiterated the unwavering US commitment to
Israel and said efforts to impose peace on Israel and the Palestinians
would not work.
Seated next to Netanyahu in a UN conference room
following his speech, Obama said he stood firmly with Israel.
"One side's actions in the United Nations will achieve neither statehood
nor self-determination for the Palestinians," he said.
part, Netanyahu said that the Palestinians wish to establish a state but
without first forging peace with Israel and called for greater
international support to its position.
"My hope is that there
will be other leaders in the world, responsible leaders, who will heed
your call, Mr. President, and oppose this effort to shortcut peace
negotiation and, in fact, to avoid them. Because, I think that avoiding
these negotiations is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and bad
for peace," Netanyahu said.
Lieberman Welcomes Obama’s Statements
Wednesday September 21, 2011 21:24 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC &
Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, welcomed the statements
of U.S. President, Barack Obama, in front of the General Assembly in New
York, and described them as “encouraging”.
Lieberman, who is
currently in New York, said that “there are no shortcuts to peace”, and
that “Peace can only be achieved through peace talks”, yet, he stated
that Israel “has the right to build and expand its settlements“ in the
In his speech, Obama did not mention the
border of 1967 as the base of peace talks between Israel and the
Palestinians, but only said that the conflict can only be resolved
through talks, and not through international bodies.
called on the Palestinians to return to peace talks, while insisting
that Israel will not halt its settlement activities.
As a member
of Knesset, Lieberman always considered the Arabs and the Palestinians
as a "demographic and strategic threats to Israel", and called for their
expulsion to Arab countries.
In 2006, Israel created portfolio
and ministry of Strategic Affairs for Lieberman and his party to join
the coalition government of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Lieberman
left the government on 18 January 2008, and the ministry was dismantled
three months afterwards.
The Ministry was reinstated in March
2009, to be headed by Likud Member of Knesset, Israel's former Chief of
Staff, current Vice Prime Minister, Moshe Ya'alon.
head of the opposition in Israel, Tzipi Livni of the Kadima party,
stated that “Obama set the foundations of the conflict in a balanced
way”, especially when he said that peace can be achieved through peace
talks and not through decisions made by the UN.
Livni called on
Netanyahu to resume the peace process “not only for the sake of the
Palestinians, but also for the sake of the Israelis as well”.
Palestinians had to quit peace talks with Israel due to its ongoing
invasions and violations, and due to its policies of the construction
and expansion of Jewish-only settlements in Palestine.
Settlements are illegal under international law, the Fourth Geneva
Conventions, and constitute war crimes.
Years of peace talks with
Israel led to massive construction and expansion of settlements on
Palestinian lands, while Israel continues to insist that it will not
accept the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees and all related
Obama Tells UN: "Only Talks Will Create Palestinian State"
Wednesday September 21, 2011 18:30 by Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies
US President, Barack Obama, told the UN General Assembly that the
Palestinians deserve a state of their own, but added that this state can
only be established through direct peace talks with Israel, the Maan
News agency stated.
“I am convinced that there is no short cut
to the end of a conflict that has continued for decades", Obama said,
"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN”.
“Ultimately, it is the Israelis and Palestinians – not us- who must
reach agreement on the issue that divides them: on borders and security,
on refugees and Jerusalem, peace is based on concessions” he added.
He also reconfirmed that "U.S. commitments to Israel’s security are
unshakable", urging allies to recognize the two-state solution.
During his speech at the opening ceremony of the 66th Session of the
General Assembly, Obama stated that "the only road to peace is through
negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians".
He added that
peace cannot be achieved through resolutions made by the UN, adding that
the Palestinians deserve a state, but this state "can only be achieved
through direct peace talks with Israel.
Obama further stated that
"the Jewish people built their state under tough situations", and that
"Israel is surrounded by neighbors who fought wars against it", the Maan
News Agency reported.
The U.S president also said that
Washington believes that peace in not only the absence of war, but the
fight against ignorance, disease and terrorism.
did not address the plight of millions of Palestinian refugees who were
displaced and forced out of their homeland when Israel was created in
1948 in the historic land of Palestine.
He also failed to
mention the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people,
and the ongoing settlement construction and expansion in the occupied
West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.
Obama also did not
mention the fact that Israel ignored several Security Council and United
Nations resolutions calling for a full withdrawal from the Palestinian
territories occupied by Israel in 1967, including occupied East
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