Barack Obama: US Won’t Be Able to Defend Israel If Peace Talks Fail
Barack Obama ran for president as a pro-Israel candidate saying,
“Let me be clear, Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It’s non-negotiable.”
But that was during the election…
On Sunday Barack Obama warned Benjamin Netanyahu that the US would not be able to defend Israel if he does not endorse the administration’s framework for peace.
The Times of Israel reported:
Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister
In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement…
…The president went on to condemn in no uncertain terms Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank, and said that though his allegiance to the Jewish state was permanent, building settlements across the Green Line was counterproductive and would make it extremely difficult for the US to defend Israel from painful repercussions in the international community.
“If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time — if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited,” Obama said.