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. April

    There HAS to be more the the US/ Israel alliance!! Israel has us by the balls somehow and I am just not sure how!?!?!

    July 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      If Israel has April by the balls, this is not her most serious problem.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Stoyle

    Ruth,

    If you say that Arabs can vote in Israel, why are you so afraid of the absolute democratic process for all people living there. It is because Israel cannot even exist as a democratic country because Zionists will be outvoted by all others who live there (Zionists were in an infinite minority before the occupation). YOU WANT TO TELL ME THAT ARABS ARE VOTING FOR NATANYHU AND THAT IS HOW HE WINS THE MAJORITY. YOU ARE BLINDED AND STUPID BEYOND IMAGINING. Israel now exists illegally as a pure religion/race country where only select people can vote and where different laws apply to different people. THE WORLD MUST STAND UP AGAINST ISRAEL’S GENOCIDAL REGIME BY CUTTING ALL DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH IT.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      Because Israel is a refuge for Jews.
      Open your eyes and heart.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      Dear Jason, the capital letters make you like of an idiot.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Feldman

      I AM ANGRY CAPITAL LETTERS MAN!!!!

      July 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cinge

    jason in what arab country are jews allowed to be citizens? for that matter, in what arab country are women allowed full rights? in what arab country is there freedom of speech and press? none. don't talk to me about israel being a regime.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ajay Vee

    I knew Obama would toe the line, I just didn't realize how quickly he would do it.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheAfrican

    Americans need to realize and accept that the Jewish lobby is more powerful than any US president. Remember Hilary and her outburst against Israel, well she's out of the news these days. Obama has his hands tied but his body language suggests he wants to do the right thing, Obama's comment "Risk for peace" is a hidden message in that Israel can't afford to go down in history as oppressors while claiming to be holocaust victims. In reality the Jews and Muslims are fighting for world dominance the Christians are just the tools they use.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com
      Funny, don't see any Jews there...

      July 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Feldman

      Global population by religion:
      2.200 billion christians
      1.300 billion muslims
      0.018 billion jews
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups

      You give us Jews a lot of credit, brother. Same paranoia of Jewish power has existed for centuries. If it didn't lead to so much tragedy, it would be comical.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jean2009

    Another year another promise...promises...promises...promises. Do we really believe Israel will quit building settlements and acting like the Nazi's ,and do we really believe the Palestinians will quit lobbing bombs even if the settlements stop? We've been through this cake walk before.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stan's mother

    Wonder if these spewing hatred toward Israel ever leave their basements...

    July 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      While I don't hate the Jewish people...(just their criminal gov)....I hae to wonder if you ever try doing Real Reseacrh ; rather than just gobbling up everything Main Stream "Media" tells you

      July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don OneHorse

    Israel wants peace. A piece of Lebanon, a piece of Palestine, a piece of Jordan............................

    July 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      Still an idiot.
      Still in the basement.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stan's mother

    Once more. Liars will be confronted.
    No more.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rich

    Obviously Israel is the strongest nation in the region. The Palestinians need to understand that and realize they are weak. They rely on other countries to help them. They can't build, they can only destroy. If they got their act together and stopped killing in the name of God, perhaps they could learn to build. Educating their people would be a good start. k?

    July 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I seem to remember thatprevious to 198, the Palestnians did quite well for themselves...Only after the Zionists came in and destroyed heir homes andfamilies did they need hekl

      July 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cinge

      unfortunately hamas is wasting their most valuable resource- their children- by teaching them to be violent and prejudiced. if they took that energy and taught them about things that will help them lead productive and peaceful lives, their future would have more promise. how anyone can compare israel- who cares about human life and human rights- to these bomb belted hate mongering lunatics is beyond comprehension.

      July 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bum

    If only our president was as strong as this man. Netanyahu should get himself a fake birth certificate and go for it in 2012

    July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adam

    Israel was an asset during the Soviet Union/Communism time to control that power from spreading in the Middle East. Now Israel is more than a liability. That part of the world is rejecting us and is in a war with us because of our unconditional support to Israel. I personally, don't see any other reason for them to hate us.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan's mother

      You may want to check out http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

      July 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stan's mother

    This irrational hatred of Jews and Israel will be confronted.
    When good people do nothing, evil only becomes stronger.

    That will not happen.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    And WHY is this piece of SH-T banner blocking my god damn view ?!?!!....who authorized this fuki-g thing ?

    July 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    Sinking the U.S.S. Liberty didn't damage relations, I guess nothing will,...

    July 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Feldman

      Tim – seriously? You're referring to a wartime accident from 40 years ago which Lyndon Johnson and the US Government concluded was an accident, an attack for which there is no strategic benefit for Israel to initiate. Only in a warped worldview where Arab extremism is not a threat – but Israel is -does your frustration that the US hasn't abandoned its ally make sense. I bet you think 9/11 was a Mossad job too, right?

      July 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cinge

      it's all they've got, matt...it's crazy, i know.

      July 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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