Obama to harangue Netanyahu, threaten Israel with isolation

Obama to harangue Netanyahu, threaten Israel with isolation

[Ed. – Yet another job Americans won’t do.  But will we get a picture of him doing it?]

President Obama is warning that the U.S. may be unable to protect Israel from greater international isolation if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not endorse a framework peace agreement with the Palestinians.

The president gave an hourlong interview to Bloomberg View’s Jeffrey Goldberg, published Sunday ahead of the annual American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington.

Obama will meet with Netanyahu at the White House, but unless some previous years, he won’t address AIPAC.

The president and Secretary of State John Kerry are pushing Netanyahu to accept a U.S.-drafted framework for negotiating a final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to resolve their decades-long standoff in the Middle East.“If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?” Obama said in the interview, summarizing the message he will deliver to Netanyahu. …

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Obama said Israel has become “more isolated internationally” in recent years and that its future could be bleak without a peace deal.

Challenging Netanyahu, he said that if the prime minister “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach.” He added, according to Goldberg, “It’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.”


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