July 6th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

Obama praises 'real progress on the ground' in Gaza

[Updated at 1:51 p.m.] President Barack Obama Tuesday commended Israel for easing limits on goods going to Gaza, saying there had been "real progress on the ground" that was happening "more quickly and more effectively than many people anticipated."

Speaking to reporters after talks with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama said the United States wanted to "ensure the people of Gaza are able to prosper economically while Israel is able to maintain its legitimate security needs in not allowing missiles and weapons to get to Hamas."

[Updated at 1:37 p.m.] Netanyahu said Tuesday that recent sanctions adopted by United Nations are helping to delegitimize Iran's nuclear program. The sanctions "have teeth" and "bite," he said.

[Updated at 1:36 p.m.] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that reports of damaged relations between his country and the United States "aren't just
premature, they're just flat wrong."

[Posted at 1:30 p.m.] President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is convinced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "wants peace" in the Middle East and is "willing to take risks for peace."

The United States will never ask Israel to "take any steps that would undermine (its) security interests," he said.

The relationship between Israel and the United States has improved over the last year, he asserted.

"The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable," Obama said.

He made his remarks during a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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  1. USArulz

    The FBI and DHS can get the PII of anyone on this website who writes threatening posts about US Federal employees and/or their strong support for a terrorist group. I already reported five CNN users last night and now they are in trouble for their threats. All posts are evidentiary matter in a Court of Law. Think before you type if you are a US citizen.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Martin

    Obama has become nothing but a puppet of Israel...how can the president of the united states say Israel wants peace when as they speak, Israel is building settlements on Palestinian lands...has Obama become a total idiot?...

    July 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • USArulz

      Peter Martin, you are the idiot. The Palestinians are on Jewish land. Judaism began more than 2,000 years BEFORE Islam even began. The Jews were in the land of Israel for more than 2,000 years BEFORE the Muslims. We Christians (over 2 billion) strongly support the Jews living in their homeland and defending the birthplace of Christ from the racist Arabs.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheAfrican

      If you are smart enough to read between the lines, Obama's body language says something totally different. Behind Bibi is a strong Jewish lobby that has congress by its balls, members of congress get bullied and blackmailed by these guys. Jews who get to places of power do so for 1 reason only, to protect and advance the Jewish cause. Bibi came to redeem himself and let the world know who runs things in this town, thats why he advised other leaders to follow the path of the Americans. Remember Jews and Arabs are cousins behind the scenes leaders in Mecca & Jerusalem are laughing at everyone else.

      July 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard C

    Egypt occupied Gaza prior to 1967. Jordan occupied the west bank. The PLO was formed in 1964 to "liberate Israel for the arabs. Everyone attacked Israel in 1967 with the intent of "driving the Jews into the sea" Israel won, then gave back the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for peace. Israel made peace with Jordan. Israel offered Over 95% of the west bank to the palestinins who responded with the second Intifada. Israel wants peace, the Palestinians want Israel

    July 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. USArulz

    ONCE AGAIN – Judaism began more than 2,000 years BEFORE Islam even began. The Jews were in the land of Israel for more than 2,000 years BEFORE the Muslims. We Christians (over 2 billion) strongly support the Jews living in their homeland and defending the birthplace of Christ from the racist Arabs.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheAfrican

      but then again they claim to be cousins, i.e Arabs and Jews.

      July 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Junior Lovell

    Palestine is occupied terriority. How much more "proof" do you want Ruth and Stan's mother?
    15 times more Palestinians are killed 'per capitia' than Israelis by Palestinians. That is a fact from Isreali Human Rights sources.
    The sad thing is that of all people, the Israelis/Jews should know what it is to demonize a people as they have done to the Palestinians. I suppose Ruth and Stan's mother will tell us that Dier Yasin never happened and that no Palestinian home was ever bulldozed. For God's sake, the Jewish state is building a Holacaust muesum/memorial on an Arab/Palestinian cemetery as we speak and write. Don't the Jewish people see the irony of that.

    And as for Israel being a modern state – well, there would be a lot of 'modern' states if they too received the kind of aid per capita as the State of Israel have been receiving from the US over the last 6 decades.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      jJunior – your intelligence and knowledge of the facts match your name....

      July 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      LOL.....No actually....Ruth and Stan's mom will just say......"idiot".....that is as far as their knowledge seems to go.

      July 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. harveyberlin

    "The relationship between Israel and the United States has improved over the last year, he asserted."

    You know when a Pres – or anyone for that matter – has to "assert" something that the opposite is likely true. If anything, dissatisfaction with Israel is on the rise. All you have to do is read the news or ask around to see that the relationship is deteriorating, no matter what Obama says.

    I'm not saying our policy towards Israel is going to change anytime soon, but many in the world – including an increasing number in the U.S. – are starting to speak out against the nation's policies.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. America

    Israel does not "have the ability to act rationally."

    This from a raghead terrorist state. Blow these idiot saber rattling tools off Israel. They sound just like Calderon, the dolt from Mexico, who has the audacity to stand before the US congress and lecture America on our laws while Mexico burns with poverty and lawlessness.
    We're with you Israel – except for NASA.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard C

    Can someone show me some evidence that the Arabs want peace? They have rejected all offers of peace and counter with demands that mean no more Israel or they start an intifada or simply fire missiles at civilian targets.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smith in Oregon

    President Obama should tell Netanyahu America at this time cannot afford to give Israel Billions of American taxpayer dollars, Weapons, Bombs and free Military equipment. Show him the door and tell him to take his hat and his war drum with him.

    Undoubtedly Netanyahu is once again pressuring President Obama to bomb Iran. However thanks entirely to Netanyahu's government attack on Turkey who was Israel's sole and strongest Islamic ally in the entire Middle East, Turkey won't permit any Israeli fighter jets crossing thru Turkey's immense airspace, forcing America to entirely bomb Iran on it's own if that should be put into place.

    President Obama should tell Netanyahu that America solidly denounces the slaughter of Gaza and West Bank civilians and the Ultra-Right Israeli governments efforts to derail Middle East peace treatys.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aaron Manzillo

    The main Zionist claim is that they have a supreme right to some of Palestinian territory because they lived there thousands of years ago. Let’s examine the core and real nature of this claim.

    Firstly, this claim is mistaken and selfish in its core concept because Zionists fail to recognize that history is a continuum and that there were people living in Palestine before the Jews. Zionists simply cut history at a convenient point for them and claim ancestral ties to the land as of that convenient point.

    Secondly, it is scientifically proven that Palestinians, not the Jews, have more genetic ties to the people that lived there before Jews ever existed.

    Thirdly, whatever the claim, it is beyond absurd to try to shape modern world based on thousands of years old maps. Imagine if the rest of the world would be reshaped by who was on the land thousands of years ago. It would cause horrific wars, countless refugees, and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine.

    Fourthly, Zionist goal was to establish a Jewish state wherever possible. Palestine may have been a preference, but Palestine was not the only location that Zionists planned as their state in modern times. Another location was Argentina where Jews have been migrating for hundreds of years for the purpose of establishing a state. Whatever the location, Zionist plan was to simply occupy the land even if that would mean imposing a regime worst than Nazi Germany’s from which they escaped.

    In conclusion, the main claim on which Zionists built Israel (Israel’s foundation) is erroneous, selfish, illegal, and a lie.

    I am categorically against generalizing, and recognize that many Jews around the world are against the crimes Israel is committing and that many are leading the global resistance to it. They should be proud.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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