Friday, October 28, 2011

Netanyahu says he will take on Obama on Palestine state creation issue

Netanyahu says he will take on Obama on Palestine state creation issue

Washington, May 20 (ANI): Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that US President Barack Obama's endorsement for the creation of a Palestine state at the expense of Israel, is an attempt to sweep history under the carpet.

Speaking to media while en route to a Washington meeting Friday morning with US President Barack Obama, Netanyahu said: "There are certain things that cannot be swept under the rug.

The Jerusalem Post further quoted him, as saying: "Sometimes 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.

Netanyahu said he would bring these matters up in his meeting with Obama and in his speech to congress and AIPAC.

He is expected to meet the president for an hour at 11:15 local time, after which they will both issue statements before going into a working lunch.

Netanyahu 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."

Netanyahu 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." (ANI)

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