20°C / 22°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 6°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 4°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 2°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 1°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 4°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 2°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 4°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 6°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 0°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 1°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 0°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 2°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 2°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 3°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 4°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 13°C

Obama, Netanyahu seek to mend fences in White House talks

Obama said they would discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, which Netanyahu opposed.

US President Barack Obama(R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 9, 2015. Netanyahu meets Obama in a bid to set aside their frosty personal ties, turn the page on the Iran nuclear deal and talk defense in the first encounter by the two leaders since October 2014. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state

solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he met US President Barack

Obama in a bid to mend ties strained by acrimony over Iran and Middle East

diplomacy.

Meeting Obama for the first time since the signing of the

Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu said he backed a vision of "two states for two

peoples" but maintained that Palestinians in turn must recognise Israel as a

Jewish state, a condition they have rejected.

Netanyahu's White House visit was clouded by an ongoing

wave of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks that have Israelis on edge at

a time when Obama has concluded that a peace deal is beyond reach during the

final 14 months of his presidency.

Obama condemned the latest wave of Palestinian violence

and backed Israel's right to defend itself but said he wanted to hear

Netanyahu's ideas for lowering tensions. The two also discussed negotiations on

a new beefed-up US military aid package for Israel, Washington's chief Middle

East ally.

Netanyahu's recommitment to the two-state solution, the

bedrock of US diplomacy on the conflict for decades, could satisfy the Obama

administration's desire that he clarify his position after he appeared to

backtrack on his pledge during a hard-fought re-election campaign earlier this

year.

"We have not given up our hope for peace," Netanyahu told

reporters allowed in at the start of talks with Obama.

US-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the

Palestinians collapsed in 2014. But the eruption of violence between the two

sides last month has made an end to that bloodshed a more immediate priority.

The meeting, the first between the two leaders in 13

months, was widely seen as an effort patch up relations long fraught with

tensions over US-led nuclear diplomacy with Iran, Israel's arch-foe, and

differences over how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Though Obama and Netanyahu sought to play down their

disagreements, no one expected that the two leaders, after years of testy

relations, would have much success in overcoming their poor personal chemistry.

They appeared cordial and businesslike in their brief

interaction before the press on Monday, in stark contrast to a 2011 Oval Office

encounter when Netanyahu lectured Obama on the suffering of the Jewish people

through the ages.

Netanyahu leaned forward listening intently as Obama

spoke, sometimes nodding. Obama, his legs crossed, sometime cradled his chin in

one hand. The two shook hands twice for the cameras.

MILITARY AID

The meeting was seen as an important step in negotiations

for a new 10-year US defense aid pact, which could help burnish the right-wing

prime minister's security credentials, now challenged by the violence at home.

Israel now receives $3,1 billion from the United States

annually and wants $5 billion per year for the next package, for a total of $50

billion over a decade, congressional officials have told Reuters. One US

official predicted the sides would settle for an annual sum of $4 billion to $5

billion.

Obama's tangible support for Israel's security could help

deflect accusations from Republican presidential hopefuls that he and any

Democrat successor are less pro-Israel than they profess to be.

US voters will elect a new president in November 2016.

"The security of Israel is one of my top foreign policy

priorities, and that has expressed itself not only in words, but in deeds,"

Obama said.

Netanyahu thanked Obama for that commitment.

The dispute over the deal that Iran reached in July with

world powers, which calls for curbs on its nuclear program in return for

sanctions relief, had driven an already rocky relationship between the two

leaders to a new low.

Obama refused to see Netanyahu in March when the Israeli

leader accepted an invitation from Republican leaders, without consulting the

White House, and gave a speech to Congress in which he harshly criticized

Obama's negotiations with Iran, Israel's regional arch-foe.

Now that Netanyahu has lost his fight against the Iran

accord, he and Obama appeared determined to move beyond the nasty public dispute

and to try to put relations on an even keel.

Normal

0

false

false

false

EN-US

X-NONE

X-NONE

DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99"

LatentStyleCount="371">

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 6"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 7"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 8"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 9"/>

Name="index 1"/>

Name="index 2"/>

Name="index 3"/>

Name="index 4"/>

Name="index 5"/>

Name="index 6"/>

Name="index 7"/>

Name="index 8"/>

Name="index 9"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 1"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 2"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 3"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 4"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 5"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 6"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 7"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 8"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="toc 9"/>

Name="Normal Indent"/>

Name="footnote text"/>

Name="annotation text"/>

Name="header"/>

Name="footer"/>

Name="index heading"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="caption"/>

Name="table of figures"/>

Name="envelope address"/>

Name="envelope return"/>

Name="footnote reference"/>

Name="annotation reference"/>

Name="line number"/>

Name="page number"/>

Name="endnote reference"/>

Name="endnote text"/>

Name="table of authorities"/>

Name="macro"/>

Name="toa heading"/>

Name="List"/>

Name="List Bullet"/>

Name="List Number"/>

Name="List 2"/>

Name="List 3"/>

Name="List 4"/>

Name="List 5"/>

Name="List Bullet 2"/>

Name="List Bullet 3"/>

Name="List Bullet 4"/>

Name="List Bullet 5"/>

Name="List Number 2"/>

Name="List Number 3"/>

Name="List Number 4"/>

Name="List Number 5"/>

Name="Closing"/>

Name="Signature"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Default Paragraph Font"/>

Name="Body Text"/>

Name="Body Text Indent"/>

Name="List Continue"/>

Name="List Continue 2"/>

Name="List Continue 3"/>

Name="List Continue 4"/>

Name="List Continue 5"/>

Name="Message Header"/>

Name="Salutation"/>

Name="Date"/>

Name="Body Text First Indent"/>

Name="Body Text First Indent 2"/>

Name="Note Heading"/>

Name="Body Text 2"/>

Name="Body Text 3"/>

Name="Body Text Indent 2"/>

Name="Body Text Indent 3"/>

Name="Block Text"/>

Name="Hyperlink"/>

Name="FollowedHyperlink"/>

Name="Document Map"/>

Name="Plain Text"/>

Name="E-mail Signature"/>

Name="HTML Top of Form"/>

Name="HTML Bottom of Form"/>

Name="Normal (Web)"/>

Name="HTML Acronym"/>

Name="HTML Address"/>

Name="HTML Cite"/>

Name="HTML Code"/>

Name="HTML Definition"/>

Name="HTML Keyboard"/>

Name="HTML Preformatted"/>

Name="HTML Sample"/>

Name="HTML Typewriter"/>

Name="HTML Variable"/>

Name="Normal Table"/>

Name="annotation subject"/>

Name="No List"/>

Name="Outline List 1"/>

Name="Outline List 2"/>

Name="Outline List 3"/>

Name="Table Simple 1"/>

Name="Table Simple 2"/>

Name="Table Simple 3"/>

Name="Table Classic 1"/>

Name="Table Classic 2"/>

Name="Table Classic 3"/>

Name="Table Classic 4"/>

Name="Table Colorful 1"/>

Name="Table Colorful 2"/>

Name="Table Colorful 3"/>

Name="Table Columns 1"/>

Name="Table Columns 2"/>

Name="Table Columns 3"/>

Name="Table Columns 4"/>

Name="Table Columns 5"/>

Name="Table Grid 1"/>

Name="Table Grid 2"/>

Name="Table Grid 3"/>

Name="Table Grid 4"/>

Name="Table Grid 5"/>

Name="Table Grid 6"/>

Name="Table Grid 7"/>

Name="Table Grid 8"/>

Name="Table List 1"/>

Name="Table List 2"/>

Name="Table List 3"/>

Name="Table List 4"/>

Name="Table List 5"/>

Name="Table List 6"/>

Name="Table List 7"/>

Name="Table List 8"/>

Name="Table 3D effects 1"/>

Name="Table 3D effects 2"/>

Name="Table 3D effects 3"/>

Name="Table Contemporary"/>

Name="Table Elegant"/>

Name="Table Professional"/>

Name="Table Subtle 1"/>

Name="Table Subtle 2"/>

Name="Table Web 1"/>

Name="Table Web 2"/>

Name="Table Web 3"/>

Name="Balloon Text"/>

Name="Table Theme"/>

Name="List Paragraph"/>

Name="Intense Quote"/>

Name="Subtle Emphasis"/>

Name="Intense Emphasis"/>

Name="Subtle Reference"/>

Name="Intense Reference"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Bibliography"/>

UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 1"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 1"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 1"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 2"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 2"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 2"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 3"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 3"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 3"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 4"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 4"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 4"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 5"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 5"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 5"/>

Name="Grid Table 1 Light Accent 6"/>

Name="Grid Table 6 Colorful Accent 6"/>

Name="Grid Table 7 Colorful Accent 6"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 1"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 1"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 1"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 2"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 2"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 2"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 3"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 3"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 3"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 4"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 4"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 4"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 5"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 5"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 5"/>

Name="List Table 1 Light Accent 6"/>

Name="List Table 6 Colorful Accent 6"/>

Name="List Table 7 Colorful Accent 6"/>

/* Style Definitions */

table.MsoNormalTable

{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";

mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;

mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;

mso-style-noshow:yes;

mso-style-priority:99;

mso-style-parent:"";

mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;

mso-para-margin-top:0in;

mso-para-margin-right:0in;

mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt;

mso-para-margin-left:0in;

line-height:107%;

mso-pagination:widow-orphan;

font-size:11.0pt;

font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;

mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;

mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;

mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;

mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus