Netanyahu and Obama during recent White House meeting
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Obama tells Netanyahu he is anticipating his speech

Associates say PM's speech will aim to minimize dispute with US over settlement, stress Israel's willingness to dismantle illegal outposts

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with US President Barack Obama on Monday. Netnayahu's office characterized the conversation as positive, and said the two leaders had touched on a number of issues.


Netanyahu also informed Obama of his planned policy speech at Bar-Ilan University next week. The US president said he was anticipating the address.


An associate told Ynet that in his speech the PM intends to "make it clear to the citizens of Israel and to the world that Israel does not object to peace and has adopted Obama's vision while safeguarding its interests, particularly those related to the country's security."


Sources close to Netanyahu estimated that he will not mention the "two states for two peoples" concept in the address.


They said the speech will also aim to minimize the dispute with the US over the West Bank settlements and stress Israel's willingness to dismantle illegal outposts. 


פרסום ראשון: 06.08.09, 23:13
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