July 8th, 2010
08:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama says Middle East peace deal doable, but will be 'wrenching'

President Obama said Thursday that he thinks there can be a Middle East peace agreement by the end of his current term.

President Obama said Thursday that he thinks there can be a Middle East peace agreement by the end of his current term.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told an Israeli television network that he thinks there can be a Middle East peace agreement by the end of his current term, but "it's going to be wrenching."

In an interview conducted Wednesday with Channel 2 Israel that was made public Thursday, Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be "well positioned" to bring about a deal with the Palestinians because of his reputation as a conservative "hawk."

"The Israeli people are going to have to overcome legitimate skepticism and more than legitimate fears in order to get a change that I think will secure Israel for another 60 years," Obama said of a peace agreement. He also said of a deal: "It will be wrenching."

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  1. Ben

    Netanyahu is too right wing, he talks with a fork tongue.

    July 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Paul H

    Obama' secret thoughts on how to have peace in the middle east: "I have an idea, let's go beat the big bad Israelis up, and take that land back, and give it to the Palestinians, then everyone in the middle east will live happily ever after, and we can make the new Israel in Arizona where the border is safer than it's ever been..................." And the crowd goes wild as Obama has just finished yet another historical, and noble peace winning speech.
    Then the Koolaid man crashes through a wall, and everyone is soaked in Obama land politics.

    July 8, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Albo58

    Oh yes, this inept President putting the entire peace process on the backs of the nation of Israel, while Hamas and Hezbollah run around bombing innocents in the name of a state they NEVER had!

    July 8, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Remember the Alamo

    Your absolutely showing your ignorance now by stating that there may be peace by the end of your term for for the Middle East. NEVER? There will not, has not, and no way possible for a peace amongst Middle Eastern Countries as long as they exist or Israel exist. Does this mean your turning your back on *Israel and throwing in with your Muslim buddies. Go ahead and show us, "YOUR TRUE COLORS".

    July 8, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Tim

    Obama knows as much about piece in the middle east as he does about, well war in the middle east.

    That is nothing. He knows a lot about nothing and he knows nothing about a lot.

    July 8, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Nothing is too big to fail

    We should be protecting our own borders. You already gave irael the nucleur weapons, they can handle themselves. Take care of our country and our existence.

    July 8, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. marxist dogs are out of control

    One of Obama's top 5 goals is to see the total destruction of Israel. Can there be doubt ?

    July 8, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler

    What's so wrenching about stopping the war crimes in Gaza and resuming a status quo ante for the settlements as of a certain date in the past? Having to tear down structures that should never have been built? Having to admit to a brutal overreaction for which Israel owes the Palestinian people and their state big time? Israel doesn't want peace and doesn't deserve it. I would not give them another cent or aircraft.

    July 8, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Aaron

    Why bother with it? The first peace deal was brokered by Jimmy Carter more than 30 years ago...and the "pacified" parties have been fighting ever since.

    July 8, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes what happened with the talks? Clinton and Biden need to get back over there and call Netanyhu's bluff. Is HE really serious or just playing games to keep getting $ 1 B in our money each year? Let's see how serious he is in a peace deal when we threaten to pull the plug on their $.
    We need to get this done now.

    July 8, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. vwrtb

    Good paying jobs please... That's all I care about...

    July 8, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. joe kiloz

    now,that's a leader talking,,,,,,

    July 8, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. madison201

    Wrenching for who? Obama has never told the Palestinians that a deal would be wrenching. How much more is he expecting the Israeliis to give up? He doesn't seem to expect anything from the Palestinians nor has he ever 'talked tough' to them.

    July 9, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Peace comes from knowing Jesus Christ, the risen Savior and Son of God

    I applaud the desire for Middle East peace, despite the thousands of years of challenge. If you read the Bible, it tells you in Genesis the cause of the strife between God's chosen people, Israel, and the Palestinians. It goes back to Ishmael and Isaac. You can't change it. Although Jimmy Carter was successful for bringing together Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Begin of Israel, there could be a chance here even it is a slim chance. But whatever happens, this country needs to heed the Bible and not forsake the nation of Israel. That is my concern. There is too much push for Islam and continued persecution of Christianity. God is immeasurble and omnipotent and simply can't be "removed" by mere humans. America, let's pray for our leaders, and vote for what is best for the spiritual well being of our nation instead of what is popular or politically correct.

    July 9, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |