Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today: “This week I will leave for the US. On Wednesday I will meet with US President Barack Obama and other world leaders and afterwards I will address the UN General Assembly. The UN is not a place where Israel…

Netanyahu: Israel must relinquish parts of the West Bank

BY BARAK RAVID— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised many of the participants in the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday when he embarked on a monologue praising the idea of parting from the Palestinians and in relinquishing portions of the West Bank. Netanyahu said the number of Palestinians and Jews between the Jordan River and the sea…

Is it arrogance, Mr President, or are you deaf?

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— News Item#1: The United States has been holding separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian delegates to see if they are willing to go back to the negotiating table based on Obama’s May 19 speech. (Ha’aretz, June 7, 2011) News Item#2: Seventy-seven percent of Israelis oppose returning to pre-1967 lines even if it…

Where Obama is leading Israel

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— In the aftermath of US President Barack Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East, his supporters argued that the policy toward Israel and the Palestinians that Obama outlined in that speech was not anti-Israel. As they presented it, Obama’s assertion that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be…

How Obama has empowered Netanyahu

BY DANA MILBANK, JEWISHWORLDREVIEW—  Lawmakers gave Binyamin Netanyahu 59 rounds of applause as the Israeli prime minister addressed a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday. But more revealing was the whisper I heard while watching the speech from the House gallery. It came as Netanyahu repeated his rejection of the notion, floated by President Obama last…