Netanyahu: Obama to 'appease' Arab world
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that U.S. President Barack Obama wants a confrontation with
Israel, based on Obama's speech in last week, Netanyahu's confidants say. Cairo
In Netanyahu's opinion, the Americans believe an open controversy with
Israelwould serve the Obama administration's main objective of improving relations with the Arab world, the aides say. U.S.
Next he'll be calling him a Muslim. Give it time...
In other news,
U.S.special Mideast envoy George Mitchell assured Israelon Tuesday that Washingtonwould remain its close ally despite differences over West Banksettlements and peacemaking with the Palestinians.
Mitchell told President Shimon Peres his goal was to create conditions for "prompt resumption and early conclusion" of talks leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state "side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of
". Israel U.S.President Barack Obama, who sent Mitchell back to the Middle East, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are at odds over settlement expansion in the occupied West Bankand the Israeli leader's reluctance to endorse Palestinian statehood.
"Let me be clear. These are not disagreements among adversaries. The
United Statesand are and will remain close allies and friends," Mitchell said. Israel
Ah, the Good Man Mitchell, sooooo independent...