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Washington - Rahm Emanuel: U.S. Is Fed Up with Israel, Palestinians

Published on: January 6, 2010 07:43 AM
By:  Haaretz
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Washington - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently told the Israeli consul in Los Angeles that the Obama administration is fed up with both Israel and the Palestinians, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

Emanuel met with Jacob Dayan, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, about two weeks ago, after which Dayan briefed the Foreign Ministry.

Emanuel told Dayan the U.S. is sick of the Israelis, who adopt suitable ideas months too late, when they are no longer effective, according to Army Radio.

The U.S. is also sick of the Palestinians who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said.

Emanuel added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with.

Emanuel reportedly said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly acknowledged the two-state solution too late, and that the freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank came only after months of U.S. pressure.

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The report added that both sides reportedly rejected the peace plan proposed by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but that if there is progress in peace talks, Obama might visit Israel and the region



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 Jan 06, 2010 at 07:55 AM Aron Says:

"...Palestinians who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said."
True, but it was Abba Eben, Israel's representative to the the United Nations, who said that around 35 years ago.
Mr. Emanuel should give proper attribution.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 07:58 AM Anonymous Says:

im also fed up with them

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:02 AM Anonymous Says:

obama finally realized that his utopian ideas he was busy spewing during the election campaign were all theoretical, and textbook, but not at all realistic. didn't he say during his campaign that if he were alive in the times if the nazis he would have sat down with hitler to reason with him, the same way he wants to sit with ahmadenajad (however you spell his name)

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:02 AM aron Says:

and im sick of rahm

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:03 AM Anonymous Says:

This guy really thinks he's on the top now

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:06 AM Shelly Says:

"Emanuel added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict"-
Actually, that would be the best thing that could happen to Israel right now. They have enough problems to deal with without the U.S. government breathing down their necks too.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:14 AM Anonymous Says:

The best news!!! Time for the US to buzz off.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:14 AM power up Says:

The obama team is upset that israel snubed them, and since they were not successfull in progress they make it sound like 'oh its not important to us, we are just trying to help'

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:18 AM Finally Says:

Finally!

Some sense from the obamanaics!
Stay out of israel politics and it's nice to see tht rahm understands tht the Arabs living in israel land don't want peace, only the end of israel. And that israel cannot afford to carve up their country because then they would never be secure!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:19 AM Anonymous Says:

" if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict" Is that a threat ? Halevai - The US butting out of would be the best thing that ever happened. Israel is fully able to handle the situtation much better without having their hands tied and dictated to at every step.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

i agree with 7

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

pure arrogance he things he can accomplish in a year what others couldn't do in 20 years.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:44 AM just the opposite Says:

I think it is time that isreal should be fed up with America

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:45 AM Anonymous Says:

And I am so sick of Rahm and Obama....

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:49 AM Anonymous Says:

The whole world shuld stop looking at Israel and then they will be free to do what they need to do without outside interference. THey should impose stricter press censorship, stricter controls over travel to the Palestinian areas, and create a shadow govt that would take over the West Bank one day without PLO or Hamas. There are moderate Palestinians who are afraid to speak up against the thugs with guns.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:51 AM Anonymous Says:

and i am sick of the current white house administration! Yes it would be great if they but out of Israel's problems and how they resolve it!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:55 AM Obama re israel Says:

Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with...
Go ahead Obama!! Just be busy with the US we have enough problems here, no need to take care of the whole world.And Obama don't you know that Isreal is country for itself, needs to get approval from its ministers to make a move?! I understand that he thinks Isreal belongs to the US, but he needs to wake up!!!
And you know what? Obama everyone will be happy if you boug off!!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Obama re israel Says:

Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with...
Go ahead Obama!! Just be busy with the US we have enough problems here, no need to take care of the whole world.And Obama don't you know that Isreal is country for itself, needs to get approval from its ministers to make a move?! I understand that he thinks Isreal belongs to the US, but he needs to wake up!!!
And you know what? Obama everyone will be happy if you boug off!!

yeah, on one side, Hamas will be happy, on the other-- ultra-right-wing Israelis. heck, why not let people kill each other, if they want to? as far as i'm concerned, this world in general, and Middle East in particular doesn't deserve US as its superleader. bring in Russia or China, and see what happens
honestly, i usually root for the right wing, but at the last election i thought it would've been better if Avoda or Cadima won.
one more thought: if we instead of bothering with 'little devils' like Hamas, concentrate on the big one, now being Iran, perhaps the conflict between Israel and Arabs could lose its steam authomatically. with no mullofascist gov't backing other destructive forces in the region, those gangs might quite down. we got a bigger fish to catch in Tehran, than in Ghaza or even than in Jerusalem

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Since Israel has screwed the moderate Palestinian (if indeed it ever existed) leadership over by making its bed with terrorists, which Palestinian is going to trust them again?

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Good thing Obama already got the Nobel Prize no incentive to even try.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

rahm is a looser and a self hating jew he will fall off his high horse very fast along with all the fonies in this administration

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

this is from haaretz, a very left leaning paper. lets not forget that rham himself volunteered for the idf during the gulf war and that his father was a member of the irgun. you dont get more right wing pro israel than the irgun!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:23 AM Anonymous Says:

You might want to watch what you wish for: "lessening involvement" could have financial ramifications, too.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:29 AM Albert Einstein Says:

"Emanuel added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with. "

HALEVAI!!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

What baloney coming from Mr. Rahm Emanuel -- the man who stabs tables with steak knives out of anger towards his political opponents !!! I would think that with today's announcement of Senator Dodd and Dornan's retirements because they are so low in the polls of their constituants, Mr. Rahm Emanuel had better promote peace between Obama and Pelosi. The Obama Administration is collapsing in Civil War. The American People are repudiating the Obama Administration with record low favorablility ratings in recent polls. Reality is slapping Mr. Rahm Emanuel in his face. Soon he will be back in Chicago wondering how he failed so badly. Good ridance.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Why don't the 2 of the them try to live there sub rosa like a normal jew or israeli no secret service, just a normal person, trying to live day to day? See how tough it is. Maybe they will think differently.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

I am fed up with Rahm, Barrack and all those other sleazes in power today.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:41 AM Anonymous Says:

"usa is fed up" I woud"nt name oboma usa ,thats he's left libreal agenda ,true americans r' disconnected with these views

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:46 AM YG Says:

This is a result of Obamas arrogance. He felt that his diplomatic approach to terror was the missing link in world peace. However, since he has stepped foot in the white house, his approach has proven most ineffective as is apparent by his continuously plummeting ratings as President of the US. What he doesnt realize is that you cant reason with animals. The only nation who's face is not on the Heavenly throne of G-d is that of Yishmael because he is Pere Adam completely separate and distinct from human beings. Perhaps Obama should take a deep look into the Old Testament , realize his mistakes and alter his views accordingly. Then his disgust for Israel will subside.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:48 AM PMO Says:

Such harsh comments (as expected) on this story.

However, it is important to remember that E"Y receives an enormous amount of weapons and cash from the US government. The American people are not going to continue to freely hand over billions of dollars and get nothing in return for their money. The fact is that the US DOES have a say in what happens in E"Y because they are the country's biggest "investor". That is life.

What if Obama said "we are no longer getting involved in what happens in E"Y and we are no longer going to arm them or send money". Would everyone be OK with that, or would Obama then just be labeled an antisemite for cutting off the free money?

In the modern world, politics is global. Our national interests sometimes lie in foreign countries (including E"Y). When Iran does something we yidden don't like, or that is against American interest, we demand that Obama rebuke the Iranian government. However when Obama rebukes E"Y for acting in a manner that is against AMERICAN interests (even if good for yidden), that is just antisemitism. It makes no sense. You can't have it both ways.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Change you can believe in! Is this what 75% of the Yiddin voted for. Now you cry in your milk. Another Chillul Hashem!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:06 AM YAL Says:

Rahm is a politician. That means he's loyal only to his own self interest. One can hope that at some point his Jewish soul will assert itself, but don't bet on it.

There is no balance. Moslems can live in Jewish and Xian countries but not vice versa. Moslems countries in general want the destruction of self rule for non-moslem countries and the re-establishment of Moslem rule through the "Caliphate" but not the opposite.

Political correctness obscures the truth. It is like driving a car through a dangerous neighborhood and covering the windshield with a picture of a drive in the country to feel better. The outcome is as clear as the point of view is absurd.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Well, I agree with his comment re: the Palestinians, but otherwise he doesn't speak for "us".

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The best news!!! Time for the US to buzz off.

Unfortunately, there are others (Europeans, Russia, etc.) who would be more than willing to step into the void.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Let Israel deal with Palestinians directly, that will be the most effective way, nobody asked for Obama to be involved in the first place!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

im also fed up with them

Oh lets see if someone cares....... oops oh no, im sorry no1 really cares what u say ;-(

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

I think Israel should be fed up with Obama.....

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron Says:

"...Palestinians who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said."
True, but it was Abba Eben, Israel's representative to the the United Nations, who said that around 35 years ago.
Mr. Emanuel should give proper attribution.

Oh Please, I am not a major fan of Abba Eban but he certainly was a statesman - not like the nuthead Emanuel. he is the most unstatesman like member of the executive cabinet. he is like a college dorm tough guy. yuk.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 12:06 PM Anonymous Says:

it looks like there is no quick fix solution like health care and there is nothing to rahm with an axlerod down every bodys thoart

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 12:34 PM Anonymous Says:

This is good news. US and the rest of the world should just stay out of it, and let Israel settle the land until Moshiach comes and Game Over.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm sick of Obama and Rahm, Obama b/c he's afraud and Rahm b/c he has no loyalties to Jews

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

No. America is not fed up with Israel, our only real ally in this world. We are fed up with Obama and Ram Emanuel, and we will start seeing our anger with the Democrats exhibit itself in the 2010 elections.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:18 PM knowitall Says:

There is a solution to the problem. Have 2 million American Jews settle the West Bank, and it will be ours for good.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:25 PM Finally Says:

Maybe "NOW" we could take care of the problem the proper way, nothing like doing the job with the right tools. Thanks
"NOW" just seat back and enjoy the ride, any snacks?

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:54 PM awacs Says:

"Emanuel added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict,"

But, I suppose that there's a downside.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
just the opposite Says:

I think it is time that isreal should be fed up with America

So, the Americans shouldn't accept $3 Billion plus in annual grants that Israel is offering! My point being. That Israel can't afford to ignore the US!!!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 02:36 PM Shimon Says:

Rahm, the former ballet dancer has cultivated the "spin." He's known as a Nutcracker and will end up like the finale of Swan Lake.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 03:23 PM Aaron Cress Says:

#43, I like your idea. So where do you live, anyhow? If I were hypnotized or brainwashed into believing that Pakistan or Cuba were holy ground you still couldn't get me to move there! #35, if Israel were to "deal with the Palestinians directly" without the US over their shoulder, then Israel would cease being the party holding all the cards in negotiations and would have to make some real concessions to the decimated Palestinian people for once. Is that what you want?
#32, "Rahm is a politician. That means he's loyal only to his own self interest. One can hope that at some point his Jewish soul will assert itself, but don't bet on it." Puh-leaze, cut the sanctimony already. Aren't you also looking out for number one? I mean, not all of us can be so successful as Emanuel, but that doesn't mean we don't each live in our own skin. Are you saying Yid politicians in the US should serve medinat yisrael? Aren't we supposed to obey the law and execute our professional responsibilities first? Or are you insinuating that Emanuel's intentions are simply too dark and malicious for anyone to truly fathom? 'Cause that's what the neo-Nazis and the Arabs say about him, too.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 03:46 PM Lev Nishbar Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The best news!!! Time for the US to buzz off.

Yeah, let the US with its pesky shnorr of $3 billion per year buzz off. We need the money back home. Let the Israelis pay their own way for a change!

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 04:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Well I'm sick of Obama. Too bad on me and too bad on him.

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 Jan 07, 2010 at 03:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Emanual is the modern day Lord ha ha mocking and goading his own people to curry favour with those who want our self destruction. He stands for nothing and cannot be trusted when he makes grandiose pronouincements that israel must concede land and territory and agree to palistinian state right on our doorstep. What a fruit cake and miserable excuse for a self hating jew.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
power up Says:

The obama team is upset that israel snubed them, and since they were not successfull in progress they make it sound like 'oh its not important to us, we are just trying to help'

I can't agree more, never in american history the administration lower their ego saying we have too much other things to deal with,

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron Says:

"...Palestinians who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said."
True, but it was Abba Eben, Israel's representative to the the United Nations, who said that around 35 years ago.
Mr. Emanuel should give proper attribution.

This is part of the pressure tactics used by emanuel have fun emanual1

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:57 AM Obama re israel Says:

Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with...
Go ahead Obama!! Just be busy with the US we have enough problems here, no need to take care of the whole world.And Obama don't you know that Isreal is country for itself, needs to get approval from its ministers to make a move?! I understand that he thinks Isreal belongs to the US, but he needs to wake up!!!
And you know what? Obama everyone will be happy if you boug off!!

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 Jan 08, 2010 at 02:08 PM Get Real, #48 Says:

Re: #48, "Aaron Cress". Some of us act in our enlightened self interest and others in their narrow self interest, a distinction other readers seem familiar with. I believe that it is in the self interest of either type for the US to stop bowing to the only group that was the aggressor on 9/11 and whose people danced and rejoiced in the streets, and who has been the aggressor in every major act of terrorism since. RealPolitik must replace PC politics. There are countries who are our steadfast allies in thick or thin and others who hate or disparage the US overtly or covertly and whose people attack us. This too is not a difficult distinction, and having made it, it flows naturally who we, the USA, should strengthen and who we should weaken.

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 May 27, 2010 at 05:08 AM Anonymous Says:

During history we find antisemitic Jews. If he was living between 1940 - i945 in eastern Europ (Poland, Hungary ect' ) nothing would have happened to him. May be a pat on the head.

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