May 3rd, 2010
02:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama speaks with Netanyahu about peace process

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke by phone Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Middle East peace process, including how to get to direct peace talks "as soon as possible," the White House announced.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the 20-minute phone call discussed "how best to work together to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East, in particular by making full use of substantive proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians and transitioning to direct negotiations as soon as possible."

"They also discussed regional challenges, and the president reaffirmed his unshakable commitment to Israel's security," Gibbs said.

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  1. Anonymous

    President Obama please tell Mr Netanyahu to stop the constrution so we can get back to the peace talks. Don't let him off the hook. I'm sick and tired of this guy getting our money and giving us the finger when we ask him to do the right thing. Stay firm with this guy.

    May 3, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. It's a start

    Apparently Pres. Obama was asked to kiss someone's tuchus.

    May 3, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Dave

    Talk about a dog and pony show here. These two are in no way interested in peace. Actions speak louder than their words.

    May 3, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The quickest way to "achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East" is for the US to quit propping up those murderous, bullying, thugs, the Israelis.

    Israel is over sixty years old now. It's time they grew up and took responsibility for their behaviour and were forced to face alone, without American protection, the consequences of their arrogant, genocidal, policies and actions.

    May 3, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. BILL, WI

    Step one: Stop the rocket and IED attacks on Israel (31 so far this year).

    It is sort of hard to have PEACE if there are constant attacks.

    May 3, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. RH

    Let the Arabs completely and verifiably dismantle their terror organisations if they want to talk peace.

    May 3, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Pkm

    At least were talking to other countrys bush tried to bully other nations better then voilence

    May 3, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Ben

    Obama has nothing salient to add about this issue. He needs to just stay out of Israel's way and let them do what they need to do.

    May 3, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Dan

    After months of non-sense finally Obama is talking with a friend about "working together," seems like his attitude towards the minority party and towards friends has been the same so far: my way or no way! And this will bring him eventually down!

    May 3, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Mike

    Hopefully the president is beginning to recognize that throughout history, we have come closest to peace in the Middle East when there has been virtually no room in between the U.S. and Israel on security issues. Let's hope Abbas, Fayyad, and the Palestinian governments are now willing to take substantive measures (not only based on insignificant final status small scale settlement issues) to move toward peace.

    Let's also hope the president gets serious about dealing with Iran.

    May 3, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    He needs to talk to the Palestinians. If they don't come forth with any real intent to make peace, then cut off aid. That's what you would do with some other countries. Buy their cooperation, like you do others.

    May 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Joe

    Israel security is still at stake. The more the Russian, the North Koreans, the Chineese, the French and some other countries around the world are arming the Palestinians with all up-to-date weapons, and building their nuclear arsenal Israel security will be at stake. Not only we need to send to Israel billions of dollars of aid, I would suggest to send few battleships and nuclear submarines for their defense against the Palestinians. They became to powerfull to handle.

    May 3, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Juan

    Israel's security is important. What about the Palestinians'?

    May 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Adalbert

    The President should tell Netanyahu to stop ignoring the world and start acting responsibly for the benefit of all us not just Israel's. Peace in the Middle East is absolutely essential for world peace.

    May 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |