Archive for Wednesday, July 7, 2010

U.S., Israel call bond ‘unbreakable’

July 7, 2010

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— Eager to show unity to the world, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed talk of a rift as wildly unfounded, and Netanyahu pledged concrete, “very robust” steps to revive sluggish Mideast peace efforts with the Palestinians.

In a warm, yet carefully choreographed, White House embrace, the two leaders took pains to persuade allies and enemies alike that a deeply important relationship is doing just fine.

The two nations clearly felt that was necessary. The meeting came five weeks after Israel’s deadly raid on a flotilla that was trying to break the Israeli blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. That raid brought international outrage and tested U.S. support for Israel’s security steps.

But the optics and words of Tuesday’s visit all sent one message: unshaken cooperation.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 5 years ago

It is my opinion that it would be a very good move for President Barack Obama to also invite Mahmoud Abbas to Washington for a "warm, yet carefully choreographed, White House embrace."

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