Secretary Clinton & Bibi Netanyahu *updated*
I don’t have any transcripts or videos yet, but it was all smiles prior to their meeting this morning.
Everything I am reading is essentially saying that Bibi is upping the ante with the latest announcement of E. Jerusalem settlements because he feels emboldened by the Republican takeover of the House. Despite claims to the contrary, the settlement announcement, in addition to the Fox News interview last week where Bibi called on the US to, in effect, seriously consider using a military option with Iran, is a result of Bibi’s renewed confidence that he can do and say anything he pleases without any repercussion or consequences. And he’s right! What are the Democrats doing to reign in this thankless, inappropriate behavior and support their President and Secretary of State’s efforts to ensure Israel’s long-term security through a Mideast peace deal? NADA! As Bibi was caught on [a recently-surfaced] video tape saying in the 1990’s “America is a thing that is easily controlled…”
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UPDATE: Here is the transcript. Basically, they didn’t talk to the press although it sounds like that very first question was planted because it just repeats verbatim what Bibi said all yesterday. That said, I wish I had been there to answer that question because I’d LOVE to get that debate going!:
QUESTION: Madam Secretary, can I ask you a small question (inaudible)?
SECRETARY CLINTON: A small question? (Laughter.)
QUESTION: A little one.
SECRETARY CLINTON: A little one.
QUESTION: Why would you – why do you think the building in Jerusalem is counterproductive if it has been going on for more than 40 years now?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we’re going to be talking about everything and I will save my comments beyond what I’ve already said to talk to the prime minister. I’m very pleased to be here and to have this opportunity to discuss with him how we’re going to move forward in the process.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Well, I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to actually meet. We’ve been talking on the phone quite intensively over the last few weeks. The last time we met was in Cairo and Jerusalem – in Sharm el-Sheikh and Jerusalem in the (inaudible) of direct negotiations. We’ve been talking and will talk today about how to resume them to continue this process to get the historic agreement with peace and security between us and the Palestinians. I would like to add that we also hope to broaden it to many other Arab countries. So this is our common goal. We’re quite serious about doing it and we want to get on with it, so you’ll have to stop asking questions.
QUESTION: (Inaudible) the resumption of the peace talks soon?
SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s what we’re going to be discussing. We’re both very committed to it. I know and I’ve said repeatedly that the prime minister and President Abbas are both very committed to the two-state solution and we’re going to find a way forward.
QUESTION: Is there a formula? Is there a formula (inaudible)?
SECRETARY CLINTON: You must have a million pictures of us doing the handshake. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Is there a formula that (inaudible)?
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Thank you.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much.