Susan Rice to PM Netanyahu: Only two-state solution can bring peace with Palestinians; White House Escalates Secret Media War Against Israel

US National Security Adviser is in Israel with other top American officials to report on the progress with Iran over its nuclear program.

Herb Keinon
The Jerusalem Post

Not reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran is preferable to signing a bad accord, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, soon after meeting with visiting US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Rice arrived in the country earlier in the day as part of a high-level US delegation…

…The sense in Jerusalem, she said, was that there was an “over-emphasis” on verification rather than on dismantling critical elements of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

The White House statement said that Rice had reiterated to Netanyahu that the US “will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and that diplomacy is the best way to resolve the international community’s concerns peacefully.”

It said she also assured him that the US would be consulting closely with Jerusalem as the negotiations continued.

Rice, on her first visit to Israel since becoming national security advisor in July 2013, is expected to meet Thursday in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Regarding the negotiations with the Palestinians, Rice – who up until now has not played a prominent role in the talks – told Netanyahu that “while we have come to a pause in the parties’ talks, the Untied States remains convinced that lasting peace can only be secured through direct negotiations that lead to two viable, independent states living side-by-side in peace and security.”

Netanyahu, in his meeting with the FIDF delegation, said Israel’s “minimal requirement” in negotiations with the Palestinians was for Abbas to recognize the Jewish state…



The complete article, with video, is at The Jerusalem Post.



Related: White House Escalates Secret Media War Against Israel.  Obama administration continues to bash Israel over peace process

Senior Obama administration officials have escalated a secret media war to discredit Israel in the press, providing highly critical anonymous quotes and negative information about the Jewish state in a bid to blame it for the recent collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Multiple sources in both the United States and Israel confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that Middle East envoy Martin Indyk again served as the anonymous source for a recent interview in the Israeli press that lambasted Israel, blamed it for the failure of peace talks, and predicted that Israel needs to face another wave of Palestinian terrorism before it will make peace…



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