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In meeting with Netanyahu, Obama calls to
change Israeli-Palestinian ‘status quo’


PM Netanyahu leaving White House, Oct 1, 2014. Photo/Koenig

With a display of mutual empathy and support, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama held their first meeting Wednesday since the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the summer’s 50-day Israel-Hamas war.

Obama noted that Israel was facing a “a very turbulent neighborhood” and reaffirmed “the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel.” Netanyahu praised Obama’s leadership against Islamic State terror, and his firm backing for Israel.

At a brief press appearance before their formal meeting, marked by warm body language, smiles and firm handshakes, Obama said the US was proud of its role in saving Israeli lives via the Iron Dome rocket defense sytem, as rockets from Gaza poured into Israel.

Obama said new efforts were needed to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We have to find ways to change the status quo so that both Israeli citizens are safe in their own homes, and schoolchildren in their schools … but also that we don’t have the tragedy of Palestinian children being killed as well,” Obama said.

Israel's Netanyahu to Obama:
Don't allow Iran deal that leaves it at nuclear threshold


U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington October 1, 2014. - Reuters/Kevin LeMarque

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he must make sure that any final nuclear deal with Iran does not leave it at the “threshold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

Even as Netanyahu pressed Obama over Iran in White House talks, the president urged the Israeli leader to help find ways to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties like those inflicted in the recent Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants.

Netanyahu's visit was clouded by word of Israel's approval of the planned construction of more than 2,600 settler homes in mostly Arab East Jerusalem.

Abbas spokesman says he’s ‘ready for historic compromise’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready for a historic compromise for peace, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Monday.

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fiery response to Abbas’s UN speech last week in which the PA leader accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” in Gaza, Abu Rudeineh said that the solution must be based on UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, Israel Radio reported.

He also said the solution would have to include a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem, an immediate end to settlement activity, and the lifting of the blockade in Gaza

Abbas woos his home crowd, alienates Israel, ‘fires’ the US

Fatah official:
Palestinians who sold homes to Jews
in east Jerusalem should die

Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The homes in Silwan, which sits in the shadow of Jerusalem's Old City, were purchased by Elad, a pro-settlement group that uses funds from Jewish supporters in the United States and elsewhere to buy properties in Palestinian districts.

Tuesday's move was the largest purchase of homes in Silwan since the process began in the neighborhood in 1986, taking to 26 the number of Jewish-owned properties, local officials said. Around 90 Jewish families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli police protect them.

"This is a government by the settlers for the settlers," said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians' chief peace negotiator, calling the move an attempt to erase Palestinian identity.

Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran


Yemen's prime minister resigns, as Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels advance on military buildings and government offices in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Vanessa Johnston reports.

The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard.

The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned that the security deterioration in its southern neighbor, where the Shi'ite Houthi fighters seized Sanaa on Sept. 21, does not benefit another old enemy, al Qaeda.

For the hereditary rulers of Saudi Arabia, a stable, wealthy oil kingpin, the 1,400-km (870 mile) border with turbulent, impoverished Yemen which snakes over remote mountains and desert, has always been a security nightmare.

ISIS Takes a Kurdish Village in Syria
as Car Bombs Kill Dozens in Homs

Islamic State militants swept into a Kurdish village in Syria on Wednesday just across the border from this Turkish hamlet, as farther south, in the western Syrian city of Homs, twin car bombs killed at least 45 people, including 41 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an antigovernment monitoring group.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings. Video posted online showed people running and shrieking amid black smoke, and sidewalks littered with body parts, before a second explosion went off.

The bombs struck near an elementary school in Akrama, a district that is home to many government supporters and has been targeted before by jihadist groups like the Nusra Front. Militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, have recently increased their presence in Homs Province as well.

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'Koenig's Eye View from the White House'
September 26, 2014

Wednesday, September 24 edition:

A Bad Deal: The Iranian nuclear talks

Retired Gen. James Mattis on the Islamic State

14 Million Refugees Make the Levant Unmanageable

A Friendship Grows Less Warm: Are evangelicals turning against Israel?

Connecting the Dots: Another War, Another Deception — Bill Wilson

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Friday, September 26 edition:

The United Nations Sideshow: Terror sponsors blast the West and Israel, Obama the Muslim apologist speaks, Turkey blasts Egypt’s president, Egypt blasts Turkey’s president, Palestinian Authority calls for a state, and more

President Obama Reaffirms His Intention to Promote Arab-Israeli Peace

Countering Iranian President Rouhani’s Propaganda and Rhetoric

President Obama Defends Islam, Calls for Fight Against Terrorism

Qatari Emir Urges World to Shun Israeli Leaders

Iran, China Prepare for Joint Naval Exercises

Israel Will ‛Make Its Own Judgment’ on Iran Talks

Club Med For Terrorists

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