Publisher's note: I am amazed at the audacity of this POTUS making any sort of a statement regarding how Israel should react and/or respond to the Palestinian Authority; much less claiming that Abbas “is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist.” Does POTUS really think that PM Netanyahu doesn't see this for what it is; one muslim lying for another? Thankfully for Israel, they have a leader that isn't afraid to stare down his enemies and protect his country.
Arutz Sheva: One day ahead of his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama is urging the Israeli leader to make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Speaking to Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview published Sunday, Obama warned that time was running out to negotiate a peace agreement.
Obama further claimed that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist.”
“We are coming to a point, though, over the next couple of months where the parties are going to have to make some decisions about how they move forward,” he said. “And my hope and expectation is that, despite the incredible political challenges, that both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abbas are able to reach past their differences and arrive at a framework that can move us to peace.”
Pressing Netanyahu not to put off the hard decisions on peacemaking, Obama invoked the prime minister’s nickname and paraphrased the words of revered Jewish sage Hillel.
“When I have a conversation with Bibi, that’s the essence of my conversation,” he told Goldberg. “If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who? How does this get resolved?”
If the peace talks fail, Obama warned, the U.S. will have limited ability to protect Israel from what he called “international fallout.”
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