Obama speaks as Bibi looks on 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama stressed America’s abiding commitment to Israel’s security and the peace process Wednesday in the wake of Hamas’s killing of four Israelis in the West Bank.
RELATED:Netanyahu urges settlers to show restraint and respect lawPM on talks: All issues should be discussed together Obama said that the killing was a "senseless slaughter" that will not stop
the US from seeking peace in the Middle East.
“I want everybody to be very clear: The United States is going to be unwavering in its support of Israel’s security and we are going to push back against these kinds of terrorist activities,” Obama said following a White House meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
“The message should go out to Hamas and everybody else who is taking
credit for these heinous crimes, that this is not going to stop us from
not only ensuring a secure Israel but also securing a longer-lasting
peace,” he said.
Netanyahu, who appeared at his side in the
hastily arranged public appearance, thanked Obama for his condemnation
and commitment to the peace process.
He described their meeting
as “open, productive, serious in the quest for peace,” noting that much
of the discussion had focused on Israel’s security since it is “a
fundamental element, an important foundation of the peace that we seek.”
Netanyahu applauded Obama's condemnation of the attack and said the killings were carried out by people who do not respect human life and who "trample human rights into the dust and butcher everything they oppose."
for his part, expressed gratitude to Netanyahu for “still being so
committed to the cause of peace that he’s here with us today” despite
Tuesday’s terror attack.
The president also praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom he noted had also condemned the attack.
called Abbas someone in whom he has “the utmost confidence in him and
his belief in a two-state solution in which the people of Israel and the
Palestinians are living in peace.”
Obama will meet with Abbas later in the day as part of the kick-off to direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.For full Jpost coverage of the 2010 peace talks, click here