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Daybreak: Awkward Meeting Today!

Plus more immediate consequences of the speech

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September, during slightly warmer times.(Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

• A report on the meeting today reveals that Prime Minister Netanyahu angirly phoned Secretary of State Clinton yesterday morning when he got wind of the ’67 remark. [NYT]

• Which is weird, because this was basically the policy of President Obama’s predecessor. [Goldblog]

• Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni slammed the prime minister for reacting as he did to Obama’s speech, which, she argued, was “not anti-Israel.” [JPost/Vos Iz Neias?]

• One thing that seems clear is that the other four-fifths of the speech, about the Arab Spring and the like, were overshadowed by this section. [WSJ]

• And Arab officials did not feel satisfied by the speech, either. [NYT]

• The right-wing Zionist Organization of America called on AIPAC to withdraw its speaking invitation to Obama. He is scheduled to address its confab Sunday night. [JTA]

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eli says:

Unfortunately, if one followed Obama’s outline of an Israel of 1967 borders with no other defenses, that would lead eventually (hopefully not in my lifetime) to a destruction of the State of Israel and another Holocaust for the Jews living there who do not escape. Certainly there are large elements in the Arab/Muslim world who want to accomplish that.

Tzipi Livni’s remarks reminds of a Konrad Adenhauer line quoted by Kissinger: don’t confuse energy with strength.

What the hell is Livni doing? Why isn’t she acting, rather than talking? Netanyahu, as Marc was correct in noting, committed a terrible blunder. Even if his goals were antithetical to Obama’s, which they should not be, he should have papered over any differences in a public statement and expressed dissatisfaction in private.

This smacks of collusion with the Republican Party.

Lou Adams says:

Is this paper pro Israel?

B. McCarthy says:

Up until now, many American Jews have put religion before politics. Unfortunately, their religion has been liberalism. Fact: If American Jews continue to support Obama, they will be responsible for the destruction of Israel.


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