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Subject: WHITE HOUSE FOREIGN POOL:The President with The Israeli Prime Minister
Inside the Oval Office The President and The Prime Minister spoke for 10 minutes from 10:32 to 10:42. They did not take any question. With some other advisers, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were behind the press listening to both leaders.
You will check the transcript but here are the main points:
President Obama said:
- On the Jordanian attacks : "We take this very seriously. We work closely with the Jordanians to see what happened. I express my condolences to the families."
- On the death of the Israeli President: "I also want to express my condolences to the Israelis people about the passing of their President."
- On the meeting: "This is an opportunity to engage in a wild range of discussions. It is no secret that the security environment in the Middle East has deteriorated. We will have an opportunity to discuss how we can blunt the activities of ISIL, Hezbollah and other organizations in the region that carry terrorist attacks."
- On the security of Israel and military assistance: "Part of our strategy in the area, also an opportunity to discuss the activity of ISIS and Hezbollah that carry terrorists attacks in the area."
- On Iran: "We do not have a disagreement on Iran. We just want to make sure that we can find common ground there. It's no secret that the Prime Minister and I have had a strong disagreement on this narrow issue. But we don't have a disagreement on the need to make sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, and we don't have a disagreement about the importance of us blunting the destabilizing activities in Iran that may be taking place."
-On violence in the Palestinian State: "I condemn the violence in the strongest point. Israel has the right to protect itself. I will discuss how we can lower the tension. I want to talk to the Prime Minister about his thoughts on how we can lower the temperature between Israelis and Palestinians and how we can get back on track towards peace."
The President finished his statement by saying: "There is going to be a lot of work to do with little time."
The Israeli Prime Minister was looking very seriously at the President when he made these remarks.
- On the Jordanian attacks, the Prime Minister said: "I want to express also my condolences for the loss of American lives. We are tested today in the insecurity."
- On the general situation in the Middle East: "The combination of turbulence has now displaced millions of people."
- On the Palestinian situation: "We have not given up our hope for peace. We will never give up our hope for peace. I remain committed to a vision of two states for two people, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state."
- On military aid: "I want to discuss how we can lower the tensions"
- To the President on the security of Israel: "We did that with the generous assistance of the United States and I want express my gratitude to you (He repeated it looking quietly at the President in the eyes.)
In the Oval Office with the Israeli Prime Minister were: National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Military Secretary General Eliezr Toledano, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, the General Director of Foreign Ministry Dr. Dore Gold and Aaron Sagui The Spokesman for The Israeli embassy in the United States. The Prime Minister will leave Washington on Wednesday .He will do tomorrow some interviews with " local People" according to an Israeli official.
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