March 24th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

Netanyahu, Obama talk amid Israeli housing dispute

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for about two hours Tuesday evening amid a dispute over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem, White House officials said.

The Obama administration has pushed to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and has called on Israel to stop building settlements on territory it captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

Netanyahu's meeting at the White House came the day after he defended his government's plans to build new housing units in East Jerusalem, a move that has strained ties with Israel's largest ally.

Netanyahu got to the White House at 5:30 p.m., and he conferred with Obama for nearly 90 minutes in the Oval Office, from 5:34 to 7:03 p.m. A White House official said the president then went to his residence and Netanyahu remained at the White House to consult with his staff in the Roosevelt Room.

Netanyahu requested another meeting with Obama, who returned to the Oval Office to meet with Netanyahu from 8:20 p.m. to 8:55 p.m., said the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the meeting. Netanyahu left the White House at 9:05 p.m. without speaking to reporters at a stakeout.

- CNN's Ed Henry, Charley Keyes and Alison Harding contributed to this report.

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  1. garamasala

    The were already people livingin jerusalem before David took it. Jews were thers for 1000+ years,muslims also 1000+ years. The mosque was build on a dumpsite, they cleared it because the romans used it as garbage site. The Muslims retored the Jerusalem from destruction. Israel doesnt advocate destruction? and yet it possesses nukes!!!!

    March 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brendan

    It is totally unacceptable for the Israeli Government to continually ignore International Law. They place American, British and other allies lives in jeopardy by their illegal occupation of the occupied territories, and by their persistent humiliation of the Palestinian people. This so-called "Jewish Democracy" has forged passports to carry out acts of murder, are guilty of institutional racism, and more seriously, have committed war crimes and acts of genocide in Gaza. They continue to act as though they are totally untouchable, and above the law even and the most powerful country in the world seems incapable of stopping them. Please end the persecution of the Palestinian people, and give them the Nation they so richly deserve!

    March 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vivian

    Reading the emails of those who are anti-Israel – I want to remind you about Gaza – and what happened after Israel moved out.? That should tell all those who want Israel to concede land or to bow to pressures from the outside that experience has shown Israelis that their so called peace partners only want to destroy them. Can you trust a wolf in sheeps clothing?.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    All we're saying is lets draw a line, give them a country so they can set up a government and a society. Israel is used to living under the bombs and explosions but we aren't. We don't want to deal with this for eternity. They have our lifetime commitment, but this flexing your muscle at the hands that feeds you? Shrugging your shoulders when your announcement puts our soldiers in danger? not cool. We know what Israel does to their enemies. We don't say too much about it because we understand they're surrounded over there. The question surrounding Israel is: How do you treat your friends? We are asking for some give here... Offer us something as friends.

    The entire world, including Europe and Asia are turning on this issue. We know where the Islamic world stands. Yet we still stand with Israel because we are real friends. Let's do something special here so we can put the smack down on terrorists American style not live everyday waiting for cafes to blow up like they do in Israel.

    Oh and btw...i don't understand how Obama is to blame. he asked them not to fan any flames because our kids are on the front lines fighting the militants on one side and trying to win over the citizens on the other. We would appreciate if the interpreter or the kid they teach to play baseball don't blow them up because they think we're being dishonest so they turn to jihad. I have a feeling Obama can help fix this even though people want to blame him for everything. Cmon, Israel, lets do something historical, magical. Lets do it together as friends!

    March 26, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    The great United States of America has its foreign policy set in Tel Aviv and J'lem. Pathetic wathching our leaders turn into fa-rt catchers at AIPAC gatherings.

    "Friends" is a 2-way proposition, not just an entitlement to take.

    March 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amber

    Maybe relations would be better if the President wasn't so unprofessionally and RUDELY late by an hour and a half to a dinner hosted in his name while in Israel.

    Also, the article failed to mention the President's attempt to "steamroll" Netanyahu into conditions, and that he did not even give Netanyahu common courteousies afforded other diplomats: no photo opps, not even dinner. The President should be ashamed.

    Whether you look at this religiously or not, the President was just plain rude to the people and representatives of the nation of Israel.

    As a Christian, I do fear for American if this sort of attitude towards Israel continues. God promises blessing for those who bless Israel, and a curse on those who do not. Obama already will have his hands stained with the blood of thousands babies murdered. God is watching and will judge. I fear for our President.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mat777

    The Muslim Palestinians ( yes there are Jewish and Christian Palestinians too ) currently control 80% of the territory of Palestine. On that 80% they have three operating governments. One in Jordan, one in the West Bank and one in Gaza. Despite the fact that Jews have lived in Israel for thousands of years Muslims refuse to recognize any Jewish rights what so ever. The current violence in Hebron is a case in point. The Jewish neighborhood in Hebron comprises only 3% of the town. In that neighborhood 800 Jews live surrounded by 30,000 Muslims. Hebron and its religious sites have been holy to Jews for 2700 years before Mohammed was even born. Yet the Muslims wish to deny Jewish rights to worship in Hebron. The Israeli army is not called in to harass the muslim population. It is there to prevent a repeat of the the 1929 massacre when the muslims rioted and murdered Jewish men , women and children. It is time for people to look at the history of Palestine and ask themselves the following- Why do the Palestinians require more than the 80% of Palestine they already control? Why do the Palestinians refuse to recognize Jewish rights to areas that were Jewish before Mohammed was born? Why are the Palestinians so interested in building on top of Christian and Jewish Holy sites? Why have the Palestinians driven the Christian community from Bethlehem? Why do the Palestinians indoctrinate their children to hate rather than live in peace? Only when these questions are answered , only when Jordan, which occupies 77% of Palestine, is asked to accept its historical obligations, will there be peace in the region.

    March 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jesus

    President Osama Obama is a disgrace and embarrassment! He bows to muslim kings whom have financed anit-american schools and those that crashed planes into the world trade center on 9/11. Shame on Osama Obama fro treating the Prime Minister of Israel with disrepect! Israel is America's friend while not one arab nation is a trusted ally.

    Let us all pray that closet case muslim Osama Obama leave the White House in 2012!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josh

    @matt,
    I’m a little tired of hearing that we were here first….
    At first before Islam and Judaism there was a tribe in Palistain or Sham, this tribe converted to Christianity and to Islam. It was Moses who brought the Israelites to Palistain(sham) from Egypt.
    BTW why don’t they claim Egypt as well, or better yet they were in Saudi Arabia at Yathrib 2 miles north of Madina (a Islamic holy city).
    As for Obama he made his point if the US are to win the war in Iraq and Afghanistan scarifies has to be made.

    March 27, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. WStearns

    AIPAC controls American foreign policy. We need to stop AIPAC.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kp

    If we build an apartment complex in Miami or Dallas is that a settlement? The area in question is already a part of Israel and should be, so stop with the 'settlement' talk and let them build homes for people.

    March 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mohammad

    We can't decide based on thousand of years back situation. It is new world changed many times since then. We need to work on current realaties.

    Jeruslam belong to Palestanian as Quwait belong to Quwaity not Saddam Hussain.

    Mohammad

    March 29, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ben & Katie

    President Obama,you better listen to GOD about HIS people and their land, if you go along with giving the land to the Palestanians you will have lost all the trust and votes on ever getting back into office on your next term.We and a whole lot of other people that voted for you will sure not do it again.GOD is already putting HIS wrath on the United States with all the disasters that are already happening.Watch out if you help do this terrible thing. I suggest you read the Bible again if you are a christian and obey GOD, and his promise to the Jewish people.We are beginning to believe you are a Muslem and not a christian like you said you were.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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