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Alleged Obama - Netanyahu Rift - by Stephen Lendman

After Obama's May 18 speech called for establishing a Palestinian state within 1967 borders, world headlines suggested a rift with Netanyahu, misinterpreting what he meant. More on that below.

On May 17, in fact, New York Times writers Mark Landler and Helene Cooper headlined, "As Uprisings Transform Mideast, Obama Aims to Reshape the Peace Debate," saying:

Ahead of his speech, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he'd offer "some specific new ideas about US policy toward the region."

Unidentified officials also suggested he might endorse a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. Doing so, however, would represent "less of a policy shift than a signal" that Washington wants Israel to make concessions to restart peace talks - a gesture, whether or not substantive with teeth.

On May 17, after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, Obama said:

"Despite the many changes, or perhaps because of the many changes that are taking place in the region, it's more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table and begin negotiating a process whereby they can create two states that are living side by side in peace and security."

Moreover, his May 22 AIPAC speech affirmed his unwavering support for a "strong and secure Israel." 

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As a result, "I and my administration have made the security of Israel a priority. It's why we've increased cooperation between our militaries to unprecedented levels. It's why we're making our most advanced technologies available to our Israeli allies. And it's why, despite tough fiscal times, we've increased foreign military financing to record levels."

Moreover, current regional events and realities motivated his peace proposal some call radical and unacceptable. In fact, "(t)here was nothing particularly original in (it). This basic framework....has long been the basis for discussions....including (for) previous US administrations (within) the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps...."

It's for "the parties themselves - Israelis and Palestinians - (to) negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967," taking into account the "new demographic realities on the ground and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two peoples," no matter his agreeing to all key Israeli demands, excluding what Palestinians most want, assuring no possibility for peace, reconciliation and true Palestinian self-determination.

In fact, Washington and Israel both endorse an Oslo type agreement, a shameless betrayal amounting to another Palestinian Versailles, benefitting Israel, not them, what no legitimate Palestinian leader will accept. 

On May 19, Times writer Cooper headlined, "Obama and Netanyahu, Distrustful Allies, Meet," saying:

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Ahead of their meeting, both "men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm. By all accounts, they do not trust each other." Obama told aides he doesn't think Netanyahu will yield enough for peace. "For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far...."

In fact, under present and past leaders, both countries abhore peace. For example, in the 1980s, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir admitted that Israel's 1982 Lebanon war was waged because of "a terrible danger....not so much a military one as a political one." 

So a pretext was created for war like Washington's done  repeatedly since WW II, pursuing its permanent war agenda against one country, then others without letup to satisfy its imperial/military-industrial complex appetites.

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