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March 23rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Netanyahu: Jerusalem not a settlement but our capital

(CNN) – President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet face-to-face tonight in Washington.

They'll be trying to repair what some are calling the most serious crisis between the two countries in decades. Netanyahu continues to make the case that Israel has a right to develop disputed land in east Jerusalem.

The former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning. He's also director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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  1. Tim Raper

    As you know there are ways around most anything. So with the new law going into effect about buying insurance, I have decided to contact an attorney to help me start a new insurance co for those who do not want to be forced to buy insurance. I'll name the company OHIP Ins. Co. That is an anacronym for Obama Healthcare Initiative Protection. It will have a 50 dollar fee for processing and then only cost 120 per yr. It will be no deductable and not worry about preexisting conditions. It will pay doctor visits at 50 percent up to a yearly max of 120 per year. So MR OBAMA deal with it!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  2. coventry

    The points are correct...they are speaking the truth. Isreal bends backward for the peace talks and get nothering in return. The Arabs want what they ant have, in this case, its our capital. Since when are peace talks a one way street

    March 24, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  3. coventry

    All the points are correct. they speak the truth. every time Isreal bends backward to help the peace talks they get bomb. Peace talks are not an one way street last time i checked. Arabs want what they cant have which is our capital.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  4. Don Straub

    Martin Indyk avers that building in Jerusalem is not the issue. I totally disagree. Why then did the U.S. administration demand that Israel cancel the plan to build in Ramat Shlomo? It is precisely the fact that Israel continues its plans for construction in East Jerusalem, that grates on U.S. policy-makers. President Obama is determined to secure East Jerusalem as the capital for Palestinians. He has little regard for Israeli sensibilities on the subject. He is not against strong-arm tactics to get his way. This comes at Israel's expense. Indeed, Jerusalem is an obstacle to peace. However, Palestinian intransigence and enmity towards Israel is the greater threat to coexistence. I hope that the U.S. curbs its obsession with settlements and construction in East Jerusalem. I pray that there are better days ahead for U.S.-Israel relations.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  5. Michael Paul

    How about Netanyahu telling Obama that he can't build anymore housing in or around Washington, Obama would laugh as should Netanyahu. Jerusalem, both East & West is the capital of Israel. When you build in your own capital, it is not building settlements in the West Bank. Jerusalem means nothing to the Arabs, they only want it because they know that Israel will never give it up nor should they. The Arabs ought to be thankful for anything Israel gives them. They only destroy everything they are given anyway. When you fly over Israel, you can see where Israel ends and the Arab lands begin, right where the greenery that the Jews created out of desert lands turns into the brownery of Arab inability to takr care of their own lands.

    March 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm |