In a fresh rebuke to Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said the Israeli leader's pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it "hard to find a path" toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue, the Reuters website reports today (March 21, 2015).
Obama also scolded Netanyahu over his remarks about Arab Israelis voting, making clear that the deep rift in relations between Israel and the United States -- Israel's most important ally -- is only going to get worse.
Regarding his phone call with Netanyahu two days after the Israeli leader was re-elected, Obama said, "I did indicate to him that we continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long-term security of Israel, if it wants to stay both a Jewish state and democratic." This domineering statement conveys Obama's belief that Israel's ability to continue to exist -- due to it being surrounded by several Arab countries -- is dependent upon United States military power.
"And I indicated to him [Netanyahu] that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible."