Rahm Emanuel: U.S. Fed Up With Israel, Palestinians

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently told the Israeli consul in Los Angeles that the Obama administration is fed up with both Israel and the Palestinians, Army Radio reported yesterday.

Emanuel met with Jacob Dayan, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, about two weeks ago, after which Dayan briefed the Foreign Ministry.

According to the report, Emanuel told Dayan that the United States is sick of the Israelis, who adopt suitable ideas months too late, when they are no longer effective.

The United States is also sick of the Palestinians, who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said.

The chief of staff added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict because, as he reportedly said, the United States has other matters to deal with.

According to the report, Emanuel said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly acknowledged the two-state solution too late, and that the freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank came only after months of U.S. pressure.

The report added that both sides are said to have rejected the peace plan proposed by former prime minister Ehud Olmert, but if there is progress in the peace talks, Obama may visit Israel and the region.

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