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Netanyahu and Kerry in Jerusalem this morning

Netanyahu and Kerry this morning

What a photograph– from Netanyahu’s twitter feed this morning. Adam Horowitz asked for captions, on twitter.

Or:


Horowitz’s take:

The State Department sent out a much happier image:
KerryHere’s the transcript. Netanyahu begins by talking all about Iran. The Palestinians are an afterthought, and they’re to blame. His manner is impatient: “I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid, run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace…”

We seek peace with the Palestinians. We’ve spoken, John, many, many times about this, and because of your efforts, we launched several months ago an initiative to seek a peaceful agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. I want peace with the Palestinians; Israel wants peace with the Palestinians. We agreed three months ago on certain terms. We stand by those terms. We abide scrupulously by the terms of the agreement and the understanding on which we launched the negotiations.

I’m concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid, run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace. I hope that your visit will help steer them back to a place where we could achieve the historical peace that we seek and that our people deserve.

Kerry begins his remarks by commenting on who Netanyahu’s not, Yitzhak Rabin:

We are in the Rabin Suite here, and last night I had the privilege of visiting the site where violence took the life of a great prime minister who was moving towards peace. And I’d often heard President Clinton talk about the meaning of that loss and that moment to the loss of an opportunity for peace.

So I’m honored to be in the Rabin Suite meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel at a moment where we are in critical talks with respect to the possibilities of a long, long sought goal here in the Middle East. Israel deserves security, deserves to live in peace. The Palestinians deserve a state and deserve to live in peace, and that is what we are working towards.

He touches on Iran but says that the peace process is the big enchilada, and that Israel too has to show good faith:

We are now three months into this negotiation. There are always difficulties, always tensions. I’m very confident of our ability to work through them. That’s why I’m here. We will spend serious time this morning. I will meet with President Abbas this afternoon. Again this evening, the Prime Minister and I and his team will share a working dinner, and we’ll work as late as it takes. And again tomorrow, I will be here in the region and working on this. So I hope that we will continue in the good faith that brought the parties together in the first place that this can be achieved. With good faith, with a serious effort on both sides to make real compromises and hard decisions, this can be achieved. President Obama sees the road ahead, as do I, and we share a belief in this process or we wouldn’t put this time into it.

P.S. From the Guardian, 2008:

Few of those who dealt with Netanyahu the prime minister have warm memories of him. “Who the fuck does he think he is, who’s the fucking superpower here?” an outraged Bill Clinton asked his aides after his first meeting with the new Israeli leader.

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  1. American
    American
    November 6, 2013, 10:11 am

    What is that blue statue thing behind Netanyahu?…..looks like a blue fist holding some object. My magnifier blurs too much to be able to read the plaque inscription on it.

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      November 6, 2013, 10:48 am

      it’s the fist of Zionism squeezing the teased ‘blue balls’ of unfulfilled negotiations. that’s what the inscription says anyway.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 6, 2013, 11:19 am

        It’s the bots squeezing the life out of Judaism.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 6, 2013, 11:47 am

        >> it’s the fist of Zionism squeezing the teased ‘blue balls’ of unfulfilled negotiations.

        Perfect! :-D

        And…ouch! 8-o

    • Tzombo
      Tzombo
      November 6, 2013, 11:19 am

      It’s a representation of AIPAC’s firm grip on the US’ national balls.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        November 7, 2013, 3:27 pm

        This is it.
        Netanyahu ‘America Won’t Get in Our Way…It’s Easily Moved’

    • LeaNder
      LeaNder
      November 6, 2013, 11:36 am

      Hi, American, I doubt that anyone can read it. Besides we probably would need Shmuel to translate.

      But interesting, I didn’t notice. For whatever reason it triggers a hand, grasping something. The Rock of Israel?

    • Abu Malia
      Abu Malia
      November 6, 2013, 4:23 pm

      “What is that blue statue thing behind Netanyahu?…..”

      It is a fist draped in Israeli flag-colour holding a pair of American gonads!

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012
      ThorsteinVeblen2012
      November 7, 2013, 4:42 pm

      That’s a fist choking the life out of a dove.

      It sets the tone for the meeting.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 6, 2013, 10:38 am

    The logs in the fireplace represent the destroyed careers of Jewish anti Zionists.

    • flyod
      flyod
      November 6, 2013, 11:28 am

      yeah..pretty green…..i wonder if kerry will be used for kindling

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 6, 2013, 10:40 am

    “We seek peace with the Palestinians. We’ve spoken, John, many, many times about this, and because of your efforts, we launched several months ago an initiative to seek a peaceful agreement between Israel and the Palestinians”

    He really sounds like a child abuser explaining why the child wanted sex.

  4. Ira Glunts
    Ira Glunts
    November 6, 2013, 10:47 am

    I wish Kerry would stop publicly addressing and referring to the Israeli PM as Bibi. It reminds everyone how special the US relationship is with this leader that President Obama called “a pain in the ass.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.556537

    Well, Prime Minister, thank you very much. Thank you, Bibi, for again making time and being here to be part of this really critical process…

    As I sit here, a team is arriving in Geneva and they will be negotiating tomorrow with the P5+1 on Iran, on the very topic that Bibi just raised.

  5. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 6, 2013, 11:43 am

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/yasser-arafat-poisoned-polonium-tests-scientists

    “The first forensic tests on remains from the exhumed corpse of Yasser Arafat have shown unexpectedly high levels of radioactive polonium-210, suggesting the Palestinian leader could have been poisoned with the rare and lethal substance.
    The Swiss scientists who tested Arafat’s remains after the exhumation of his body in November discovered levels of polonium at least 18 times higher than the norm in Arafat’s ribs, pelvis and in soil that absorbed his leaked bodily fluids.”

    I remember the hasbara at the time. Arafat was the obstacle between Israel and peace.

    http://www.haaretz.com/survival-of-the-fittest-cont-1.61341
    If that’s so, then the whole Oslo process was mistaken and there is a basic flaw in the entire worldview of the Israeli peace movement.

    “Oslo had to be tried. But today it has to be clear that from the Palestinian point of view, Oslo was a deception. [Palestinian leader Yasser] Arafat did not change for the worse, Arafat simply defrauded us. He was never sincere in his readiness for compromise and conciliation.”

    -Benny “Kill them all” Morris

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/mar/10/uselections2004.israel

    “The Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, says he no longer considers the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, to be a statesman, but rather “an outlaw to the peace process” in the Middle East who has been rightly shuffled aside. Mr Kerry said Mr Arafat “blew his opportunity” to be effective in 1999 and 2000. “He was [a statesman] in 1995,” Mr Kerry said, recalling meetings between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in search of peace in the Middle East. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s an outlaw to the peace process.” ”

    Once he was gone they’d be able to deal with someone who could deliver peace. And here we are in 2013 and there are just more settlers.
    But Judaism is in a big mess – I didn’t expect that in 2004. Zionism’s use of massive force- it didn’t always hit the expected targets.

  6. Walid
    Walid
    November 6, 2013, 12:17 pm

    “We agreed three months ago on certain terms. We stand by those terms. We abide scrupulously by the terms of the agreement and the understanding on which we launched the negotiations.” (Netanyahu)

    Maybe he’s telling the truth.
    Maybe the rumour’s true about Abbas and the US having foreknowledge of the settlements announcements while talks would be in progress. If that is the case, then Netanyahu was telling the truth in saying “We agreed three months ago on certain terms. We stand by those terms.”

    Who’s to know? They’re all liars. From Haaretz 3 days ago:

    “… Although the Palestinians knew the announcement on settlements was coming, they expected neither that construction would start immediately nor the scope of the plans – some 5000 new housing units. The Americans were also not aware the number would be so high. When the news broke on Wednesday evening a storm befell the Palestinian presidential compound in Ramallah. Senior officials of the Palestinian Liberation Organization demanded to cease negotiations and attacked Erekat.

    On Thursday, Channel 10 and Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported Erekat tendered his resignation before Abbas but that the latter rejected it. What actually transpired was a little different. According to Israeli officials, Erekat did not deliver a resignation letter, but instead tossed out a verbal statement at a PLO meeting.

    The officials said Erekat wanted publicity for internal Palestinian purposes: On the one hand to relieve that pressure on him from within the PLO and on the other to calm the public outcry.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.555833

    In other words, it’s like I said before; the deal is already made and it’s not good at all for the Palestinians. Everything going on like with the wall story for the Jordan Valley are theatrics to pull another fast one on the Palestinian people.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 6, 2013, 12:32 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu tweets tense photo of meeting with Kerry”

    MY COMMENT: Kerry looks as though he might have been experiencing severe abdominal pain!*

    * SEE: “New book claims Obama slammed Netanyahu in 2012”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynet, 5/11/13
    According to new book ‘Double Down,’ during 2012 presidential campaign, US president said Israeli prime minister was ‘pain in the ass’
    LINK – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4450036,00.html

  8. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    November 6, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Opening his remarks with an extended reference to Yitzhak Rabin, and those, including Bill Clinton, who admired him and his efforts in support of the peace process was pretty pointed. Rabin’s wife held Netanyahu responsible for creating the hateful atmosphere in which her husband was assassinated:

    http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/7367/leah-rabin-calls-netanyahu-all-political-manipulation/

    In his opposition to Rabin’s peace efforts, Netanyahu once marched in front of a coffin, among people calling Rabin a traitor, and was forced to defend himself as having had no role in the assassination, despite rumors and fingerpointing:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19971107&id=egUoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=os8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6793,1149602

    and various conspiracy theories:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yitzhak_Rabin_assassination_conspiracy_theories

    Passive aggressive? Yes. Skill in Kremlinology required to ponder the meaning of “the news”? By all means.

  9. just
    just
    November 6, 2013, 1:55 pm

    It’s past time for all leaders to stand up and say to Netanyahu’s face:

    ““Who the fuck does he think he is, who’s the fucking superpower here?” an outraged Bill Clinton asked his aides after his first meeting with the new Israeli leader.”

    May not be ‘diplomatic’, but it would do the world good. Besides, Netanyahu doesn’t follow ‘diplomatic’ protocol at all– he constantly stabs us in the back, in the eyes, etc. and never is/was interested in peace. I fervently wish that we would wash our hands of him and his minions. It’s the only path toward a peaceful and just solution for the Palestinians and others around the globe.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      November 7, 2013, 3:24 pm

      “would do the world good” But the truth is that Netanyahu knows how to stall real negotiations, keep building illegal settlements. He knows “America will not get in his way” Netanyahu ‘America Won’t Get in Our Way…It’s Easily Moved’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9dLTOd3V-Y

      Although Obama and Kerry have basically both said…this is it, The crack is small and we are still trying to get through. Netanyahu loves it they all have their foot in the door all the while Israel keeps building illegal settlements.

  10. Xpat
    Xpat
    November 6, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Netanyahu got his comeuppance with the return of Lieberman. See the picture MW posted with Alex Kane’s article.

  11. Krauss
    Krauss
    November 6, 2013, 3:27 pm

    “Who the fuck does he think he is, who’s the fucking superpower here?”

    It’s not you, Bill. Obama fell for the same trap.

    Bibi knows he has the upper hand because of donors and the sympathetic media, whether it’s Murdoch on the right or the numerous ‘liberal Zionists’ on the left.

    I found it baffling that a guy like Obama could have missed such an obvious thing.

  12. American
    American
    November 6, 2013, 5:07 pm

    After a month long trip during which I deliberately didnt’ touch a computer or look at cable news or even visit MW— what depress me about the US-Isr-I/P is how –Nothing Ever Changes—-it’s always the same old crap, same old story, same old yada,yada [email protected] that has gone for the 12 years I have been following this.
    It will probably continue this way until something finally blows up.

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