Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Netanyahu and Obama

In a flurry of media attention and a blur of ambiguous promises, U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday in Washington, D.C. What are supporters of justice, international law, and human rights in Israel/Palestine to make of this meeting? Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, was featured on NBC News coverage of the meeting. He wonders what pressure the Obama Administration will be willing to apply to a Netanyahu administration hostile to Obama's preferred two-state solution: US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab is wondering what sort of state Netanyahu and Obama are talking about for Palestinians, and worries that such a state will be "truncated." US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis echoes these fears. And US Campaign Steering Committee member Adam Horowitz is curious where Netanyahu's terminology is coming from. We don't have time to wait for a right-wing Israeli government to set the terms for peace. Join the conversation today! Act to end U.S. military aid to Israel by clicking here, and let us know what you think of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting by commenting to this post.