«US does not recognize legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements».
This is President Obama’s stark declaration which drew applause in the US. The declaration was coupled with a call for Palestinians to end their «incitement of Israel».
FormerU.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton is not impressed with the US President. Obama just put Israel «on the chopping block».
In declaring that it is time for Middle East peace «without preconditions» President Obama used his speech to the U.N. General Assembly this week to fire a warning at Israel that «America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements», Fox News reports from New York.
But it was the use of the U.N. forum to carry the settlement message to Israel that drew the most enthusiastic response on the floor, and incredulous reaction outside its walls.
Obama on Tuesday met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They were not in attendance at the speech. Obama said that the two have made some progress in both strengthening security and facilitating freedom of movement, which have allowed the economy in the West Bank to grow.
«We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel, and we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements», he said.
Obama said four issues separate the two sides: security, borders, refugees and Jerusalem, but the goal is clear: a secure, Jewish state for Israel and «a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967».
Source: Jerusalem Post