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March 18, 2015 4:51 pm

After Elections, Netanyahu Loyalist Says Israel ‘Delighted’ to Renew Palestinian Talks

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Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) said yesterday in an interview that the new government is willing to return to the negotiation table with the Palestinians.

“We would be delighted to renew the negotiations,” Hanegbi said in an interview with the Israel Project. “We believe it is in the interest of both people– the Israeli and the Palestinian– to have a dialogue; to discuss our disputes; to try and find [a] common denominator in the issues that are so crucial to both people.”

Hanegbi, a Netanyahu loyalist, also said that the new government will begin an intense effort to renew the trust between the United States and Israel.

“We will make an effort, a very, very intimate and intense effort to renew the trust between the governments,” said the deputy foreign minister. “It is essential for the security of Israel. It is essential for the survival of the state of Israel.”

Hanegbi’s words are significant in light of Netanyahu’s vocal opposition this week to the establishment of a Palestinian state.  The hostility of the Obama Administration towards Netanyahu was also widely reported in the weeks leading up the Israeli election.

Whether the Administration will be receptive to overtures by the Netanyahu camp is uncertain. Though President Obama struck a conciliatory tone towards the winner of the Israeli election last night, the White House appeared reluctant to mention Netanyahu’s name this morning.

Later in the day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “the president in the coming days will also call Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

At an afternoon  press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “Based on the prime minister’s comments, the US is in a position going forward in which we will be evaluating our approach with regards to how best to achieve a two-state solution.”

According to the Times of Israel,  Psaki did not promise that the US would continue to defend Israel against unilateral actions in support of Palestinian statehood in either the International Criminal Court or the United Nations.

“We are not going to get ahead of any decisions with regard to what the US would do during any vote at the United Nations Security Council,” Psaki said.

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  • Common sense is wonderful unfortunately it is not very common.The worst President of the Hegemonic U.S.A(whose country and people I love)a blasted PUPPET brought in by the New World Order crowd from a no where politician to Pres. makes a laugh of so called American Democracy!It does not exist!The makers of War and economic Oligopolists give proof to “the LOVE of MONEY is the ROOT of ALL EVIL”!Bibi should continue to stick it to Closet muslim obama because even the blacks have realised he is no good.I have stated previously that Israel should stop giving Jewish Israeli land to desert squatters hiding behind a non existent historical names and palestinian and palestine.Israel has avoid the satanic world’s criticism and defend its border by whatever means possible to prevent a Second Holocaust.God created the Jewish people and gave them the Land of Israel,the only land in all history ever donate by God His Beloved Israelis.Bibi’s latest success and stand for no more Jewish land to be given away to murdering muslims!God bless Israel and its people and cursed be its enemies(Biblical)

  • For what it is worth, I personally think it is about time so called palestine to give up the pipe dream and integrate with Israel. Why? I’ll tell you why, if Arabs want jobs, infrastructure, health services, affordable housing, freedom from terrorists and Sharia law becoming Israeli under a strong leader like BBN is the only way to go.Even Egypt is becoming peeved with Islam — only two weeks ago closed down 27,000 mosques. Pity we can’t get the greedy gulf states to move into the 21st Century. The day Iran becomes Persia again will be a revelation to us all world wide. Jordan has had it in the neck this year and maybe aught to consider moving away from sharia and establishing Islam either becomes secular and keeps its nose out of politics or is outlawed. There needs to be a concerted effort too root out what is going on in the five year war in Syria. As for Obama he hasn’t much time left so I suggest he shut up and put up.

  • Emmett

    Hanegbi is a true sample of the Israeli politician. Unlike his boss, he was prosecuted & convicted.

  • Vittore

    Dear Algemeiner readers,

    Do you believe that Abbas would agree to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state? Do you think he will agree with the right of return?

    Even I, a secular Jew, certainly wonder about the words from Passover – how Hashem has hardened Pharaoh’s heart – remember them? Whenever there was a real offer on the table, Arab/Palestinians’ hearts always harden, and not once have they said yes to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. I am not even sure if Exodus really happened, but thinking about it every time, I can’t help but have it impress on me that, perhaps, there was a miracle repeating through the years of the Mandate (various commissions and plans), then the 1948 UN plan, then the 3 no’s of Khartoum, then repeated no’s after Oslo, to Barak, to Olmert, to Bibi’s demands. We don’t know what will happen, but something tells me Abbas accepting Israel as a Jewish state ain’t one of them. And if he doesn’t accept, I doubt the American people will support Obama’s ideas.

    • Vittore

      And I think Bibi knows it too. And he will withstand Obama’s pressure.

  • Joel

    Question is :?who will outlast each other: Netanyahu or Obama
    Two more years of O
    God help us

  • Bruce Richardson

    Should Israel turn the West Bank over to a people dedicated to the destruction of Israel? What would there be to negotiate? A timetable for the destruction of Israel? There would be rockets from both Gaza and the West Bank. Eventually there could be nuclear weapons.

  • bob zucker


    A “two-state” solution already exists. Israel and Trans-Jordanian Palestine.

    RZ haLewi

  • steven L

    Until Islam reforms, there is no hope for peace btw IL and the Muslims.

  • Efram

    No matter what Israel does it will not be enough for Obama, unless they lie down on the street and allow the terrorists to murder them to a man. THAT would delight Obama.

  • Michael Fox

    In most civilized nations, the US State Department’s comments would be considered unmitigated blackmail. Let’s be clear, the state department doesn’t sneeze without Obama’s permission.

    This article alludes there is a problem between the US and Israel….not true. There is a problem between President Obama who sets the tone for the White House and the Prime Minister of Israel. Most of the US Congress and the American people support Israel and its Prime Minister.

  • Philip jacobson

    Obama would rather view the world the way he wishes it would be, with blinders on, rather than the way it really is. He’d rather be understanding and obsequious to the Saudi’s, the Iranians or the Cubans neither of which respects us,offend us and hate us rather than support and defend his supposed alli Israel. He truly has his head up his ass.

  • RobiMac

    Frankly, I think that’s a very bad idea but if Netanyahu wants to resume talks, fine. However, he should keep one eye on Abbas and one eye on Hamas so as not to be taken unawares.

  • Mayven

    While a peace process discussion was on the table and yes dialogue with infinite difficulties coming from both sides… HAMAS was earnestly digging tunnels to attack and massacre civilian population.
    If thus is indicative of primary intentions. leaves but little room to resolve any facets of any possible agreement.

  • Chris Moyler

    The two state solution is now permanently busted. I just hope the PM has the courage to say so. Shalom. C.

  • Mayven

    While a peace process discussion was on the table and yes dialogue with ifinite difficulties coming from both sides… HAMAS was earnestly digging tunnels to attack and massacre civilian population.
    If thus is indicative of primary intentions. leaves but little room to resolve any facets of any possible agreement.

  • Ann Odom

    Jen Psaki said, “Based on the prime minister’s comments, the US is in a position going forward in which we will be evaluating our approach with regards to how best to achieve a two-state solution.” Who the heck gives the U.S. to make this determination???? I am so tired of the U.S. trying to force Israel into having talks with the Palestinians when nothing will come of the talks as the Palestinians will walk out like they’ve done before. I am a Christian, but I LOVE Israel and the Jewish people. I was shouting late last night when I heard that Mr. Netanyahu had declared a victory! I’ve been praying for him to be guided by G-D, with the wisdom and strength that he needs to lead Israel. However, I also prayed for G-d’s perfect will to be done, as His ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts, and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye. I do not believe G-D will ever let Jerusalem to be divided ever again, and He will protect Israel with His outstreched arms. Now, for the Jewish people to be on one accord and stand together. This is part of my daily prayer for Israel and the Jewish people.

    • Monty Pogoda

      Very nice. Much appreciated.


    boy this must be the worst US President on Israel

  • yolanda zavala

    How can the despot in the WH hold his head up after his huge Israeli upset. Perhaps, he should stay out of other countries FREE elections.

  • Prof. Herbert Reginbogin

    Like so many countries in the region they will seek their alliances based on special interests. However, the relations with the USA have entered a new era. Quo Vadis? The youth of America will perceive this political decision not to recognize a Palestinian State as immoral and unacceptable whatever merits it may contain. The rise of boycotting Israel in America grows and this step will accelerate the momentum especially in conjunction with policies related to the expansion of settlements. There will be turbulent relations impacting U.S. foreign policy in the region as well as the undercurrent of sympathy with the current government. How long the differentiation between the people of Israel and its government will have as the critics of Israeli government mount with their war crime charges and human rights campaign in The Hague and elsewhere.
    The radicalization needs to stop but the containment policy of Israel is not the solution. Again, what is the model if not the two state solution>? Limited options and many more problems with finding support among the youth. Antisemitism is growing and the latent emotions will emerge throughout Europe while the conservatives of America rally around the banner to protect Israel. Is there a limit when injustice arises through war and terror in attacking Israel regardless of how injustice the circumstances were to create such policies or are the pillars of security and peace found in justice? Maybe this should be the answer to Quo Vadis.

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  • For a president (Obama) who was so obsessed with proper protocol when Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress was the issue, to forget protocol altogether and not to congratulate the Prime Minister on winning the election is as rude as it is counter-productive.
    And Psaki will evaluate “our” approach how to achieve a two-state solution?” What arrogance! Does she think she or her inept boss is going to run Israel? There will be no two-state soloution. The Palestinians are the only people to ever claim needing two states of their own. They are citizens of Jordan – if they behave and not try to undermine the King.
    I hope that the Israelis are going to make authentic friends with the Indians, the Chinese, and other peoples and nations.

  • To all those people living in the Land of Oz .
    We are in a World wide Islamic Cultural War or 1400-year-old Jihad and we are losing.

    We each see a different parts of it in the world and if you put all the violent parts together it adds up to only one cause: a 1400 year old Islamic Cultural War. It is the same as that joke of four blind men touching the elephant.

    The names of the Arabs and Muslim Terrorists change but the behavior has been always the same for the last 1400 years.

    It is not about land, rights or settlements, water or being politically left or right. If it were it would have been solved long ago. It has not.

    It is Cultural War that means Islamic Culture must destroy Western Culture or Western Culture must destroy Islamic Culture. It is a Cultural Genocidal War, just like the American/Indian wars were about. This time we are the Indians.

    Muslims have been fighting each other and others for 1400 years or more. There is no reason that it will stop now. If we want peace we must change Islamic Culture.

    The book “Culture and Conflict”, explains it clearly. It shows that current cultural conditions in the Arab Middle East will not support internal development, advancement or peace until there is a major cultural change. “It is critical that we understand our enemy. That is step one in every conflict,” RR. Philip Carl Salzman, INSB # 978-1-59102-587-0.

  • HaroldT38

    Why are the Israeli’s not publicly lambasting the USA and EU for its silence on the PA glorification of terrorists, the maps it puts out showing “Palestine from the Med. to the Jordan”, and PA TV kids programmes that teach killing Jews ?