President Barack Obama had some serious words for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, delivered via Chief Of Staff McDonough.
Through his chief of staff, President Obama is strongly countering rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a two-state, Israeli-Palestinian solution.
“An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state,” Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, said Monday at the annual conference of J Street, a left-leaning pro-Israel group.
He added, “President Obama still firmly believes what he said in Jerusalem two years ago — that peace is necessary, just and possible. Peace is necessary because it is the only way to ensure that a secure state of Israel is both Jewish and democratic. Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. That’s the truth.”
The relationship between Israel and President Obama has been tense since his first term.
The relationship got worse when Netenyahu came to Congress to speak about Iran and what he felt was the President being lenient on the country.
Lets see how this latest issue effects the two nations.