PM meets with Obama amid tensions between J'lem, US
LAST UPDATED: 05/20/2011 12:52
Netanyahu en route to Washington says "sometimes being right also means being smart," stresses he will bring up "principal matters" regarding Israel's existence with US president during meeting.
Netanyahu Photo: Reuters
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with US President Barack Obama at the White House for a meeting scheduled to last an hour.
meeting was scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. local time, after which
the prime minister and US president were expected to issue separate
statements before heading to a working lunch.
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said on Friday en route to a Washington meeting Friday morning with US
President Barack Obama, said "there are certain things that cannot be
swept under the rug."
Netanyahu was referring to a negative response Thursday to President Obama's Mideast speech.
being right also means being smart," he said, playing on the phrase
that sometimes it's better to be smart than right.
He said this is especially true when dealing with principal matters that are part of the Israeli consensus.
An official on board the plane taking Netanyahu to Washington told
reporters, "There is a feeling that Washington does not understand the
reality, doesn't understand what we face."
"The prime minister's
tough response expresses the disappointment with the absence of central
issues that Israel demanded, chiefly the refugee (issue)," he added.
Netanyahu said he will bring these matters up in his meeting with Obama and in his speech to congress and AIPAC.
As for the US president's statement that Israel be willing to return to the 1967 borders, Netanyahu had reportedly contacted Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Thursday asking that the 1967 reference be removed from the president's speech.
Clinton reportedly said that was not going to happen.
prime minister issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to
Obama’s speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state
could not come “at Israel’s expense.”
“The Palestinians, and not only the US, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people,” he said.
said he “expects to hear from President Obama a reconfirmation of
commitments to Israel from 2004 that received wide support in both
houses of Congress.”
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