July 6, 2010

Obama, Netanyahu emphasize strength of U.S.-Israel ties

Posted: 09:00 PM ET


Stressing the unbreakable ties between their nations, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians while agreeing that the international community is strengthening efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The two leaders spoke to reporters after meeting for more than an hour at the White House, twice shaking hands for the cameras as part of an effort to dispel the notion that relations between the United States and Israel have frayed in recent months.

Obama said the bond between the United States and Israel is "unbreakable" and added that his country remains "unwavering in our commitment to Israel's security." Netanyahu chose to paraphrase American humorist Mark Twain by noting that reports of the demise of U.S.-Israeli relations "aren't just premature, they're just flat wrong."

The meeting, their fifth since Netanyahu took office last spring, focused on revitalizing the Middle East peace process as well as discussing other issues, including efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal.

Both Obama and Netanyahu stressed the importance of moving toward direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Presently, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas aren't talking directly, but communicating through U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who serves as a go-between for negotiations.


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Joe   July 6th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

What Obama need to do is tell his puppets, Netanyahu for example, no more settlements, return to the 1967 borders, and as far Jerusalem is concern, it becomes an international city. And forget about direct or indirect talk, and lets do it now. Either that, and I can predict that sooner and not later a large conflict going to explode in the area and it will be doomsday for every one's concern to include Israel. Their survival depends on a single agreement with thethe US, since Netanyahu is free to come to the US every time his head start itching. I think Obama needs to give Netanyahu his final plans, either do it, or you all on your own. We start playing with those idiots over there, they going to end up playing with us, I don't think the Administration have learned yet from Biden visit to Israel. Do not trust the Jews.

Paul B   July 6th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

(1)Obama insulted Israel, Russia, Britain, placed "gag" on media for this (2nd) visit from Israel.
(2) Bowed and kissed the hand of Arab country suspected of supporting powers that wish to overthrow this country.
(3)Invited only top Black' religious leaders to White house meeting. Islam ? Weres EEO, and civil rights equality now ?
(4) White house on nuclear disarmament meeting, No coverage, only statment from white house"IT went well" really ?
(5)Opened the country's bank, threw out the money at problems,oops money's now short, got ta get more.
(6) Wants to shut down NASA
(7)Wants to stop off shore oil drilling( see #2 above)
(8) Fired a proven combat general for a comment the president didnt like.
(9)When Presidential advisors, did there job, they were told by the president ":I won you lost" is that" king baby" thinking? (a Psy. term)
(10) "cash for cars" was a disaster ! 2,000 IRS employees were called in to "fix it" many thousands had ther new car repossessed, and couldnt get there old car back, left with nothing. White house said it was a "rousing success" really ?
(11) Media consistantly gaged, anyone who disagrees with him seems to disappear, or is "investigated"
(12)The Presidents wife has been hidden in the shadows, why ?
WHERE ARE THE REAL REPORTERS, besides talking about lost kittens, and the new doughnut shop, does the Media now live in fear also? does anyone else see a pattern, and maybe is also concerned about this country ? (If this was Former President Bush who did these things the out cry would have been horrendous !)

Nadr   July 7th, 2010 12:26 am ET

To Joe
Your anti-smite comment express a language of force and arrogance.
Netanyahu would have been a puppet shouldn't have stand the right of the Jews to build in Jerusalem same as Arabs live in Jerusalem and
built where they want to. Should the Arabs won any wars since the creation of state of Israel they wouldn't gave up an inch of it. They always attacked Israel first and did not win any wars and always claim what they lost in the wars and Israel always accepted to exchange land for peace but hardly you can find a real partner for peace.
Israel never asked USA to send a single soldier to fight in behalf of Israel and American troops many of them are killed in Islamic countries to fight terrorism or keep them away from USA not let another 9/11 happens here.
In the wars Israelies always has been on their own and their strength gives stability to the region.
Israel actually is the closest ally to US and US always count
on Israel.
Not a single terrorist in Middle East or from ME was ever from Israel.
Israel left Gaza totally and what she got in return was thousands of missiles throwing by Hamas and other groups shooting civilians.
That shows how much you can trust Israel's neighbors.

Occupy Nomo   July 7th, 2010 1:18 am ET

I am very concerned that the PR campaign thatI is going on, I.e. US and Israel are such great allies, no rift between them, etc. Obama will lose what little momentum he had in bringing about a just settlement to this conflict. Israel must be told, in no uncertain terms, that a two state solution means freezing all settlement construction and that anything less is unacceptable.

I am concerned that Larry King will continue with the PR, not raise serious issues such as flotilla killings, Gaza war, Dubai assasination.

Mostly I am concerned that obama's hands are tied by the US congress that is unconditionally supportive of Israel and the Israel lobby that will ruin Obama if he steps "out of line " with Israel.

A sad day indeed.k

SprungU   July 7th, 2010 2:32 am ET

To Nadr
You must be an Ostrich with you head in the sand.
The only people I ever saw partying and got arrested came from Israel when 9/11 happened. You are stupid to not see the owner of the Buildings made a fortune from the event. It is still regarded as the best controlled demolition ever.
A first to not allow the FAA to investigate the crash seen same at the Pentagon, even the supposed terrorist flying the plane is still walking around. When the US people wake up and it is happening right now, the Zionist terrorists will finally meet there satan.
Mos sad and it's bosses have run out of lie's.

IKHAN   July 7th, 2010 2:39 am ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks,

Israel is not an ally but a liability for America & a burden on American tax payers who pay $6 billion every year to them.
American foreign policy,prestige & credibility has been severly damaged by our blind & slavish ties to that govt. Our geo-political & economic aims in the M.East,a region vitally important to us strategically have been thwarted.
Our troops deployed in Iraq & Afghanistan are threatened because the general population there thinks that all Israeli actions of brutality against Palestinians & state terrorism are backed by us.
Even the good Jewish population in Israel & America is now beginning to realize this.
Mr. Netanyahu should not have been welcomed on our soil. He had declared in April of 2008 in a speech that 9/11 has been very good for Israel.
According to Israeli news paper Haaretz he had said " we are benefitting from the attacks on Twin Towers & pentagon & America struggling in Iraq"
He is no friend of America. his govt carried out the savage attack on gaza Peace flotilla massacring innocent people including an American.

Abbushuki   July 7th, 2010 2:44 am ET

Howcome no one is talking about the really critical issues:

a) 4 million Arab prisoners of the UNWRA who the PA demand must be uprooted and planted in israel so as to destroy Israel internally;

b) The unceasing 60+ years of hate education about Zionism and Jews that teaches that Jews are monkeys and pigs and not human.

c) How to do anything with a Hamas Junta in charge of Gaza?

The issue of land and settlements is the least and most Inconsequential for any peace. Until ALL the above issues are resolved, peace is impossible.

If Arabs should wake up one day and give up on all their demands, they will immediately have land, peace and prosperty. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T LET GO OF A JEW-FREE MIDDLE EAST COMPUSLIVE WET DREAM, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE THE PAINFUL CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS. It's just the way it is. If the Arabs could do better, they would not be among the poorest humans on earth.

Rodney   July 7th, 2010 6:10 am ET

I have to say it makes me quite uneasy to see them sitting there looking so chummy. The US has to be on its guard.

Greenman   July 7th, 2010 7:25 am ET

Maybe Larry will dredge up the USS Liberty 1967 incident where 37 US sailors were murdered by Israeli jets and gunboats.....

Jesus was the first anti-semite.....Jesus is just alright with me.

Dave Dawson   July 7th, 2010 7:37 am ET

After my own undercover fact-finding mission to Israel;
Drop Israel down the pan for being so mediocre then see if it can get back out of the pan.
Israel keeps coming out as one big bad egg & then it rushes to America's apron strings.
Can Israel keep its' butt out of Hell for mediocrity?
It's doing a very malicious job of something mediocre.
Israel must accept that NOBODY stands by a BAD neighbour for very long.
Get a new act Israel.
The one you've got sucks something.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   July 7th, 2010 8:26 am ET

Phew! What a minefield.

John Slominski   July 7th, 2010 11:13 am ET

Natanyahu will kiss ass with Obama to get money, about 2 billion a year. Obama will kiss ass with Natanyahu to get the Jewish vote. Israel and Palestine will never make peace, they hate each other and have for 2800 years. Natanyahu want piece, all the pieces of Palestine he can get. And Palestine wants to be a state where were they for 2800 years.

Elham   July 7th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

To Abbushuki : Thank You.......Finally a logical person.....Muslims hate Jewish People and Israel.....and they won't do anything against the teachings of Quran and Their Prophet toward Israel.......which is the Elimination of all the Jewish people......It's a Shame......


It is obvious where are U from.......Be happy you made 9/11 and are now building your mosque on it as a symbol of Victory.... Obama is an anti-semitic as well as a great ally for Arabs. Congradulations......... Now, If Jerusalem is so important to YOU, Why in your Quran it's name has never mentioned...... why you put you back toward The Holy of Holies in Jerusalem and your face toward Meccaa(YOUR Allah's House)??? You are/were the ones who attacked Israel Since 1948 and although you had all the weapons and the support of the world....YOU were defeated......Think and then write/speak.....

To Ted

You are a very impolite and without any knowledge person.......Just Shut your big mouth........

IKHAN   July 7th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Why can't CNN bring on honest, upstanding American Jews to air their views instead of conniving,lying Israeli govt officials all the time??

Let the brave voices of Jewish voice for Peace or JStreet be heard on your show Larry. Or Chomsky,Uri Avnery & other respected thinkers,writers & teachers.

There is no question that our slavish, poodlish alliance with Israel is making America & its interests globally & our troops in Iraq,Afghanistan unsafe.

@Ted@John Slominski@greenman@Dave Dawson
Right on mark guys.

Rose   July 7th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Historian Thaddeus Russell recently wrote in The Daily Beast: "Does Israel Make Us (Americans) Safer?" – He adds: historical evidence says the answer to The Question is “No.”

"There is one damning fact that is ignored – There was not a single act of Arab terrorism against Americans before 1968, when the U.S. became the chief supplier of military equipment and economic aid to Israel” . . . Since then, the United States has given more than $100 billion in aid to Israel.

Russell continues: "General David Petraeus stunned many in Washington when he suggested during a Senate hearing and in a briefing to the Joint Chiefs of Staff that perceived U.S. complicity in the OPPRESSION OF PALESTINIANS is serving as the most powerful recruiting tool for anti-American terrorist organizations."

The Zionist movement and the State of Israel was formed as a colonial-settler state brutally dispossessing the Palestinian people. In return for continued US backing, Israel has acted as a surrogate for US policy in the Middle East and beyond.

During the cold war Israel provided military training and other military support for counter-insurgency efforts in places as Guatemala, South Africa, Zaire – countries where direct US involvement was politically untenable.

The US accepted Israeli conditions for the 1991 post-Gulf War peace negotiation, including the exclusion of the United Nations from the talks, the marginalization of Europe and the postponement of urgent issues such as Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, refugees and control of Jerusalem.

When the US refuses to distance itself from Israel's most provocative acts, the US and American citizens become surrogate targets of militant forces.

Israel's violations of human rights against Palestinians have been documented for decades by human rights organizations, as well as by the US State Department. When Israeli human rights violations are ignored by the US and countless US vetoes prevent the UN Security Council from criticizing or attempting to reverse Israeli violations – Israel's legitimacy as the largest recipient of US economic and military aid will come under direct and deserved challenge.

US support of Israel is not good, safe nor ethical for Americans.

Smith in Oregon   July 7th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

President Obama should tell Netanyahu America at this time cannot afford to give Israel Billions of American taxpayer dollars, Weapons, Bombs and free Military equipment. Show him the door and tell him to take his hat and his war drum with him.

Undoubtedly Netanyahu is once again pressuring President Obama to bomb Iran. However thanks entirely to Netanyahu's government attack on Turkey who was Israel's sole and strongest Islamic ally in the entire Middle East, Turkey won't permit any Israeli fighter jets crossing thru Turkey's immense airspace, forcing America to entirely bomb Iran on it's own if that should be put into place.

President Obama should tell Netanyahu that America solidly denounces the slaughter of Gaza and West Bank civilians and the Ultra-Right Israeli governments efforts to derail Middle East peace treatys.

Salma   July 7th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

Before the British occupation..Arabs (Christians & Muslims) and Jews were living in peace and harmony in the land of PALESTINE..

Smith in Oregon   July 7th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

This is a Open Question to the informed viewers:

There are Legal statues, laws and 'reasons' for telling a police officer to GO-AWAY when asked for your name or identity papers. Police officers in Louisiana working for BP, Arizona and other States have been abusing that request for decades.

Example, You are attending a Columbus Day protest rally. A PIG approaches you in the crowd and demands your name or ID papers. You haven't broken any laws and are not being arrested. You rightly suspect the PIG wants to place your name into a PIG Harassment List which is commonly shared with his PIGLET playmates to harass whoever you are every chance they get in the future.

When can you Legally tell a PIG that when unasked and unsolicited approaches you and asks for your name or ID (papers) to politely inform that PIG that he has no legal nor constitutional right to that information and tell that PIG to Go-Away?

Smith in Oregon   July 7th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

Benjamin Netanyahu's own Son was the only Israeli killed in the Mossad Assault team that freed the airline passengers that were hijacked and being held captive in Entebe. (See raid in Entebe, documentary, movie).

Since then Netanyahu has been a depraved and bitter man who see's Arabic people as his enemy and the same as the one that shot and killed his son. It is no surprise that the greatest civil and humanity abuses against Israel's neighbors in the West Bank and Gaza occur during the time when Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel's prime minister.

There is no reasoning with such a sick, bitter individual. Netanyahu's destruction of the long lasting ties with Turkey (the sole Islamic Country ally to Israel in the Middle East), is typical and very disappointing. Benjamin Netanyahu after all these years has not forgiven the Arabic people over the death of his own Son.

Mr. Netanyahu, one man shot and killed your son, All of the Arabic people across the Middle East DID NOT.

IKHAN   July 7th, 2010 5:22 pm ET


simply brilliant.You shed light on an issue vital to US interests & security in a manner which needs no further elaboration.
There are misconceptions reg the whole Israeli-palestinian conflict, deeply ingrained in the American psyche, thanks to a biased media, propagandists & lobbies.
Unless American public manages to educate itself & grasps the true historical background & context of this issue vital for our national security & American interests, things are not going to change.
We Americans must & should re-evaluate the pros & cons of our slavish ties to Israeli administrations.

Jones   July 7th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Reuters says: "Netanyahu bodyguards' guns go missing on U.S. visit" ;;
So obviously Obama knows that this man and his Israeli goons can not be trusted with guns in the white house. He was worried that they might shoot and kill someone in his house and claim that they were just "defending Israel's right to exist". So, their guns had to go "missing" for the duration of their visit.

All this time you folks did not realize how smart Obama was, did you??

Shilana   July 8th, 2010 1:28 am ET

First, you must remember we all get a glimpse or sugar coated or somewhat biased opinion from the media, you could never know the situation until you are there, you will understand maybe a little better, it will be more visceral. I say this, with pure genunie, I have just returned from a trip in Israel, the land is beautifully spiritual, the people are great, progressing and living a democratic society,l not once have they put themselves on a bus to blow themselves up. THink about that for a moment, you must be so absurd in your mind to do this, how can anyone stand for that and still think that a nation that allows that, meaning not reprimanding those that had anything do with that, a nation that would seek peace. Think about it...

Rose   July 8th, 2010 9:54 am ET

I see that the censors on this blog have removed a number of postings from yesterday. Certain illiterate ones remain and their rebuttals removed. Why have 2 of my postings been removed? They were well written, citing facts and sources. If they were approved yesterday, why did the censor police think fit to remove them?

The CNN moderator's preference for racist expression here on this blog appears to be approved as those postings remain.

Abdul Khaliq   July 12th, 2010 6:17 am ET

Watching LKL hosting his long awaited kin Natenyahu. It looks more like a family reunion, where all sins are burried, forgotten, and forgiven. As expected, the reunion ended with a warm invitation. Typical of Arab/ Israeli common formality. Oh the irony of it. The representative of a terrorist state is classifying terrorism. Israel has committed the worst terrorist act of all. It turned against the people who always praised and kept the pieceful herritage of the forefathers of Israel; Abraham, Jacop, and Isaq. I will add some more terrorists to your list Mr. VP.. the whole world. Except, of course, yours truly Osama and the desert busters. How could you talk about a (medeaval) ideology when your state existence is entirely based on a 2000 year old (prehistoric) and mind defying religious myth? can't you see? The fate of Israelis is tied to a limp of people believing in god. Moslems are on top of the list, since they are known to be the ones believing and respecting the Israeli prophetic herritage. Mark my words Mr. VP. Once Iran goes off their own Islamic belief, you guys will go as if your state did not exist at all. Sorry for the (cut throut word), but sadly .. it is true.

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