Obama argues Netanyahu’s international credibility

US President Barack Obama reveals fears on Israel’s decreasing reliability in international diplomacy

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

US President Barack Obama criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomacy terms for a Palestinian state which causes Israel to lose credibility to play international peacemaker role.

"So the danger is that Israel as a whole loses credibility. Already, the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution,” Obama told Uvda, a current-affairs programme produced by Israel's top-rated Channel Two and Keshet television

Despite ensuring US support for the security of Israel, Obama suggested the US to review diplomatic defence for Israel at the United Nations over the Palestine.

Obama also accused Netanyahu of not making any move on a solution for 18 months of seat at the office.

"I don't see the likelihood of a framework agreement," Obama stated.

"The question is how do we create some building blocks of trust and progress," he added.

Obama said Netanyahu's position "has so many caveats, so many conditions that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met at any time in the near future

US sponsored negotiation talks between Israel and Palestine a year ago when Palestinians blamed Israel settling in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem territories where Palestine wants to establish its own state

According to Barack Obama, it is time to evaluate "how they approach defending Israel on the international stage around the Palestinian issue.

He cited pro-Palestinian resolutions at the United Nations that Washington has long blocked in the name of encouraging direct diplomacy between the sides. Asked whether such US vetoes would continue, Obama sounded circumspect.

"Well, here's the challenge. If in fact there is no prospect of an actual peace process, if nobody believes there is a peace process, then it becomes more difficult to argue with those who are concerned about settlement construction, those who are concerned about the current situation," Obama said when asked about resolutions and direct diplomacy between both sides.

"It is more difficult for me to say to them, 'Be patient, wait, because we have a process here,’” he added.

Not offering concrete solutions, Obama encouraged Israel and Palestine to work together with the United States to remove hopeless situation and turn it into a hopeful one.

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