Inside Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Obama-Netanyahu meeting – what the public saw…
One of the most closely watched meetings for decades between an Israeli Prime Minister and a US President took place yesterday when Messrs. Obama and Netanyahu sat together at the White House.
The two men met for two hours - during which time Obama pressed the ‘two state solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a reluctant Netanyahu, while Netanyahu underlined his belief that Iran was a more pressing concern than Palestinian statehood.
White House watchers pointed out that 2 hours is a long meeting by Preisdential standards and also that the body language of the two men as they sat together suggested none of the fireworks that some had predicted went off in the private encounter.
Here’s a video report on the public comments made by the two leaders as they finished up their marathon chinwag.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper has a full transcript of the Q&A here.