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President Obama just wrapped up his first trip Israel's president.
It is it began with a president playing nice during a joint press conference with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
My main goal on this trip has been to.
Have announcers just speak directly to the Israeli people.
At a time when.
Obviously what was already a pretty tough neighborhood has gotten tougher.
And let them know that they've got a friend in the United States.
That we have your back.
Extraordinary importance to us.
But the next day while speaking to a younger audience the president urged Israelis to put themselves in the shoes of Palestinians.
It is not fair the Palestinian child cannot -- up in -- state of barrel.
Living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements.
-- just those young people but their parents their grandparents every single day.
All right so -- -- his visit go over with Israelis.
Joining us -- former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs dory gold author of the rise of nuclear Iran.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- the president sends.
-- your government -- -- needs to give something up to get the Palestinians ready to talk.
What else can -- -- give up.
Well look we go back to the whole issue.
Israel's future borders that became.
A subject for the international community back in the six day war in 1967.
While Israel -- to make compromises and has made very big compromises in the past.
Israel insists that at the end of the day -- -- defensible borders because we're not going back to those old 67 lines -- -- just.
Armistice lines are not final international.
That's what's important to us when we go into this peace process to protect ourselves to be able to protect ourselves by ourselves.
And I'm sure that's a message that the president heard from the Israeli leadership.
There was one point when the president said something that I know made my head almost turned completely around and I'm I'm anxious to get your reaction to -- He had said something about the Palestinians needing to be able to move around without having a foreign army.
Directing their movement did do you think that many Israelis kind of bristled at the notion that they're considered a foreign army and -- that.
Is historically biblically and even militarily over the last 1516 years actually there's.
Well you know not everything is going to begin record between the US view in the American view and we know that.
There was something very important and actually good that the president did you know his previous speech in Cairo.
He gave the audience and there the impression that Israel was a phenomenon that was created.
After the Holocaust after World War II.
But he said nothing about our earlier roots in this land and as you know Governor Huckabee.
You go to the city of David you can find royals seals of the kingdom of Judah.
And if you go to the area the western wall you -- -- passage ways from the time the Mac of these.
The people of Israel know they have deep roots in this land and they don't just go back to world war two and this time and I think it was very important the president talked about our 3000 year old connection with the land of Israel.
I think Israelis heard that I think they were inspired by that.
I think American presidents when they come to Israel part of their role is to be visionaries and in that element of the vision I think.
Most of us that would -- all of us were satisfied.
How do you think Israelis reacted to the press conference with Palestinian authority President Abbas when the president was standing directly in front.
Of a big huge photo.
Of Yasser Arafat.
Look we know.
You know as well that during the period that Arafat head of the Palestinian Authority.
Was the head of the PLO.
They engaged in terrorism.
You know the Israeli people really made an effort for peace.
We agreed on the Oslo accords we brought Arafat from -- to come to the Gaza Strip -- to the West Bank to set up this Palestinian government.
And lo and behold after we made this bold move with President Clinton at Camp David in the summer of 2000 we got the second Intifada.
We've got buses blowing up in the hearts of Jerusalem Tel Aviv -- -- all our major cities.
Over a thousand Israelis killed.
In as a result of a security situation that emanated from poorly implemented peace process so now I think Israelis feel.
That we have to -- passed the Arafat era.
We have to be the new era of mutual recognition and most of wall real security and that is why prime minister Netanyahu.
As he tries to make peace with the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world will insist that any agreement we reach.
Must be based on firm security grounds.
There appear to be a thawing of what obviously had been a rather frosty relationship between the president and prime minister Netanyahu.
And all that's very helpful and good you love to see a warmer and more cordial relationship but the real question.
Do the -- -- more confident that the United States will step in and do.
Anything necessary to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons.
That's an excellent question governor because.
In our private discussions the subject is come up.
Sometimes you have a warmer relationship with American presidents sometimes have a -- a relationship and obviously President Obama may -- And the strategic decision to warm up relations -- Israel this time.
But you know what even if you -- the best friend in the White House and Israelis look fondly upon the period of President Clinton over the period especially President Reagan.
Ultimately Israelis have to make those strategic choices.
I've heard people say you know Winston Churchill was a great friend of Israel he came to the founding of the Hebrew university of mount scopus in Jerusalem in the 1920s.
He supported the zionist cause of the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland.
But he didn't send the royal air force to bomb the the tracks -- railroad tracks I'm sure it's.
You know Britain had other things the deal with the time and so even if you have the best of friends the closest of relationships.
If Israel detects that its security that its very existence is threatened.
By aid Iranian nuclear missile.
Is -- we'll have to do what's necessary to defend itself.
Hopefully we won't have to get to that point.
But Israel must reserve the right to defend itself by itself and by the way that's a clause the President Obama used a number of the speeches.
Well story we hope it doesn't come to that but I have every confidence that if it does.
Israel will act always in its best interest which is really the best interest of the world story thanks for joining us it's always have real pleasure.
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