Bibi speaks. God Bless Israel and her leadership.
Waiting for Bibi’s comments to appear on youtube. Keep checking Bibi’s channel here.
Stand with Israel. Thank you PM Netanyahu for speaking to the American people directly. We are with you. We will NEVER abandon Israel. No matter who is in the WH. The people of America will never allow it.
Is Susan Rice trying to back a UN led investigation of Israel while Hillary is in S America and the Caribbean??
Update 2: From The Times UK we hear Israel has permission from the Saudis to use their airspace to hit Iran as needed:
…“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”
Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one. …
Update 1 from Powerline we learn Congress is pushing back on this:
UPDATE: The Standard has posted the White House response to Kristol’s report here. Senators Reid and McConnell have in addition circulated a joint letter to Obama for signature by their colleagues. The letter raises the role of the IHH in the incident and recommends investigation of the IHH for inclusion among the designated state sponsors of terror. The letter further states: “[W]e ask you to stand firm in the future at the United Nations Security Council and to use your veto power, if necessary, to prevent any similar biased or one-sided resolutions [such as the UN Human Rights Council's] from passing.”
…While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s….
Hillary has been in South America this entire week, no doubt Rice and Power are trying to make a move on Israel while she is gone…
…THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident….
The White House is sharply denying a claim by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol that “the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident.”
The White House has suggested in the past that it supported international participation in an Israeli investigation, but a shift to the kind of international inquiry supported by many of Israel’s critics would be a dramatic one, and a White House official brushed off Kristol’s flotation.
Next you’ll tell me Samantha Power is rubber stamping stuff at State while Hill is in Colombia…NO WAY this goes down with Hillary as SoS, no way. She would step down first. God willing it will not be necessary and someone will ‘explain’ to Obama he cannot run wild with things Rice and Powers whisper into his ear while the grownups Hillary and Gates are away….
…The White House official said the administration continues to support “an Israeli-led investigation into the flotilla incident that is prompt, credible, impartial, and transparent.”
“We are open to different ways of ensuring the credibility of this Israeli-led investigation, including international participation, and have been in intensive talks with our Israeli partners in the past few days on how to move forward,” said the official. “We know of no resolution that will be debated at the UN on the flotilla investigation next week.”
Hillary come home, stat!!!
Update at end of post
Oh good grief.
Is it possible he has just mixed up his allies and enemies lists?
The White House waited several days to confirm that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could meet with President Barack Obama Monday, and sought conditions first — underscoring the new depths of difficulty that Middle East peace efforts have reached in the last week.
U.S. officials said the delay, which stretched until late Sunday, stemmed from last-minute discussions aimed at gaining a more robust and public commitment to the peace track from Mr. Netanyahu. One official said the U.S. wanted Mr. Netanyahu to express stronger support for negotiations on an independent Palestinian state at his speech Monday before the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington. “We’re in the part of the process where you can’t expect something for nothing,” the official said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what Mr. Netanyahu would say on the issue. But ultimately the U.S. agreed to schedule the meeting…..
Obama wouldnt have known our NATO allies then if asked betcha and he had a CMTE on NATO in AfPak and NEVER HELD A MEETING and he is a snarky snarker with the tea slur aimed at Hillary, he has always had a thing against tea people ! and Obama DID later listen to dictators spewing anti American nonsense at that Latin Americas meeting I recall…he looks much younger here does Obama…
Update: So Obama set ‘preconditions’ on meeting with BiBi, and what did he get from his one on one meeting? What did his ‘Oneness’ produce that Hillary could not get? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And he did not appear with BiBi to adoring cameras afterward because he got absolutely nothing…WSJ:
(…) Mr. Netanyahu didn’t offer any new commitment about Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — which the Palestinians have demanded be fully stopped as a precondition for peace talks — or list any specific terms for holding new negotiations.
“We had an idea that he might bring something out to push the process forward,” one U.S. official said. “But he’s kept it in his pocket.” The official said the U.S. side had hoped Mr. Netanyahu would unveil a more detailed proposal for restraining the settlements.
The Israeli leader also appeared to resist U.S. pressure to give stronger support for discussions on an independent Palestinian state — the so-called “two-state solution.” He said he was committed to two states living side by side, but suggested that key Palestinian demands for negotiations over East Jerusalem and the right of return for Palestinian refugees wouldn’t be on the table.
U.S. officials said the White House had held off until late Sunday firming up Mr. Netanyahu’s meeting with Mr. Obama, in an effort to pressure the Israeli leader to take a more conciliatory line.
After the meeting Monday night, the White House issued only a brief statement saying the president and Mr. Netanyahu discussed a number of issues in the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship, as well as how to move forward on Middle East peace. The two leaders didn’t appear together for the press after the meeting.
Palestinian and Arab leaders on Monday discounted the speech, saying it didn’t differ substantively from past addresses. Palestinian Authority officials reiterated that negotiations with Israel couldn’t resume without a complete settlement freeze….