Daily Israel Report

Emanuel is 'Fed Up' with Israel and Palestinians

Obama's Chief of Staff threatens Israeli diplomat that if there is no progress in negotiations, the US will lessen its involvement in the process.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/6/2010, 6:25 PM / Last Update: 1/7/2010, 6:37 PM

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The United States is “fed up” with Israelis who "adopt the right ideas too late," and also with the “Palestinians who always miss opportunities,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel angrily told an Israeli diplomat recently.

IDF Army Radio reported that Emanuel said this in a meeting with Israel's Consul in Los Angeles, Yaki Dayan, two and a half weeks ago.

Dayan reported to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem that Emanuel said: “We are fed up with you Israelis who adopt the correct ideas several months too late, so that they become inefficient. In addition, we are also fed up with the Palestinians, who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. If there is no progress in the diplomatic process, we will reduce our involvement and effort in the conflict, because we have other matters to deal with.”

According to the report, Emanuel's complaint was made with regard to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's “belated recognition” of the principle of “two states for two peoples,” as well as the Jewish construction freeze in the communities of Judea and Samaria, which was only announced “many months” after the United States asked, or instructed, Israel to carry it out.

Emanuel said that the “Olmert Plan” -- an apparent reference to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's offer to cede almost all of the territory Israel liberated in 1967 -- had been rejected by both sides, but added that if the sides can make some headway despite this, it is possible that US President Obama will come to visit Israel and the region.