Israel Political Brief September 11, 2012: White House, President Barack Obama Reject Meeting With PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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White House Rejects Meeting With Netanyahu

Source: Israel National News, 9-11-12

The White House said that there was ‘no time for a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack H. Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama
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The White House told Israel Tuesday that there would be no meeting later this month between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack H. Obama. The two had been set to meet in the days after both Obama and Netanyahu spoke at the UN General Assembly, but on Tuesday, Israeli officials said that the meeting had been canceled altogether by Obama, due to “schedule issues.”

A tentative meeting had been set for Thursday or Friday September 27 or 28, after both leaders spoke at the UN. Obama was scheduled to speak on Tuesday, September 18, while Netanyahu was likely to speak on Thursday – a day after Yom Kippur, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad ws set to speak. Netanyahu’s office had sent a message to the White House indicating that the Prime Minister wanted to meet Obama, and that he was prepared to travel to Washington to do so, since he understood that the President had a tough campaigning schedule in advance of the Presidential elections.

This will mark the first time that Netanyahu will be on U.S. soil and will not meet with Obama. The rejection of the meeting comes scant weeks before the U.S. Presidential elections. Polls show Obama running roughly evenly with his challenger, Governor Mitt Romney….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief September 11, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Stands Up to Obama, Demands Red Lines for Iran

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Netanyahu Stands Up to Obama, Demands Red Lines

Source: Israel National News, 9-11-12

“The world does not put red lines before Iran and therefore has no moral right to put red lines before Israel,” Netanyahu declares.
Netanyahu -Iran

Netanyahu -Iran
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a direct challenge to the world, and implicitly to none less than President Barack Obama, not to demand from Israel to ignore the existential threat to its existence at the hands of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

Speaking at a press conference with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Those in the international community who refuse to place red lines before Iran have no moral right to place a red line before Israel.”

He directly challenged Obama administration claims that economic sanctions are a sufficient deterrent for the time being.

“We can say for sure that diplomacy and sanctions have not worked. They have damaged the economy of Iran but have not stopped the Iranian nuclear program.

“If Iran knows that there are no red lines or deadlines, what will it do? Exactly what it does today – continuing to work to acquire a nuclear weapon without and interference.”

“The world tells Israel to wait because there is time, and I ask, ‘Wait for what?'”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 11, 2012: Report: Jerusalem Within Range of New Iranian Missile

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Report: Jerusalem Within Range of New Iranian Missile

Source: Israel National News, 9-11-12

Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of reaching major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem.
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rocket
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Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of being launched “from land, sea, and air” and reaching major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem, Iranian media reported.

Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Mehdi Farahi announced the existence of the long range Iranian missile, dubbed “Meshkat,” over the weekend, the Mehr News Agency reported.

According to the report, the missile, with a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,250 miles, could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 11, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders the Transfer of Money to Palestinian Authority to Ease Economic Crisis

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Israel transfers money to PA to ease economic crisis

Source: JTA, 9-11-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the transfer of some $63 million to the Palestinian Authority to help ease its economic crisis….READ MORE

PM Netanyahu Orders the Transfer of NIS 250 Million to the Palestinian Authority Due to its Crisis

Source: PMO, 9-11-12

Due to the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis, Prime Minister Netanyahu, ordered the transfer of a NIS 250 million advance to the Palestinian Authority from tax revenues collected by Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who consulted on the issue with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, communicated the directive via his special envoy, Isaac Molho, who coordinated with the Palestinian leadership.

Earlier today, at his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to the issue: “We are working on several fronts in order to help the Palestinian Authority cope with its economic problems. We have made several changes in the taxation agreements. We are advancing certain transfers. We have also helped with Palestinian workers and with a series of other steps in order to make things easier for them. Of course, there is a global reality and it is also related to the internal management of every economy, but for our part we are making efforts to help the Palestinian Authority survive this crisis. I hope that they will succeed in doing so; this is our in our common interest.”

Israel Political Brief September 11, 2012: Barack Obama’s Jewish Support Continues to Drop

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Obama’s Jewish Support Continues to Drop

Source: Israel National News, 9-11-12

Obama’s support among Jews continues to drop although most polls show his standing is on the rise among the general population.
Mitt Romney greets the audience at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida

Mitt Romney greets the audience at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida
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President Barack Obama’s support among Jews continues to drop although most polls show his standing is n the rise among the general population.

A survey by TIPP, which says it was the most accurate presidential pollster in the 2004 and 2008 elections, show that only 59 percent of likely Jewish voters will vote for the president, down from 68 percent in Gallup polls in June and July and far from the 78 percent in the final results in 2008.

The TIPP poll, carried to for The Investors Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor, shows Obama leading Mitt Romney by a 59-35 percent margin among Jews.

Overall, the survey gave Obama a two percent lead, while a CNN survey shows the president ahead of Romney by 6 percentage points. Romney and Obama were running nearly neck-and-neck in previous polls, with leads of 1-2 percent….READ MORE

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