Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron Economics'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron-economics, the former banker turned minister

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The capital of sex, drugs, alcohol, trash and trashy tourism'

Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, militants of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Liberia sacks ministers who left amid Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: The ministers in France's new government

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • American 'Islamic State fighter' killed in Syria

    Read more

  • The ‘war’ at the heart of France’s ruling party

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

  • WHO seeks stricter regulation for e-cigarettes

    Read more

Middle east

Netanyahu to speak to pro-Israel conference in US

© AFP

Video by Philip CROWTHER

Text by Philip CROWTHER

Latest update : 2014-03-05

America’s powerful pro-Israel lobby will hear on Tuesday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due to speak to the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington.

The organisation’s aim is to ensure bi-partisan support in Congress for the protection of the state of Israel from attack. "Two-thirds of the congress will be here, and if two-thirds of the congress are in the building, it's almost like having the State of the Union Address," AIPAC member Michael Kalmowicz told France 24.

AIPAC is by far the largest pro-Israel lobby in the US, with about 100,000 members and a $3 million lobbying budget, but other, more liberal voices include J Street, which focuses on a diplomatic solution.

Its vice-president, Alan Elsner, told FRANCE 24, "Seventy-five per cent of American Jews supported Barack Obama in 2008; almost as many in 2012. Yet when we look at the views of the community as they are expressed by the traditional organisations on Israel, that progressive voice was not being heard, it was not even being expressed.

“Our mission is to advocate and to mobilise and to organise for a two-state solution."
In talks at the White House on Monday, US President Barack Obama warned Netanyahu that Israel needed to make some tough decisions in order to find peace with the Palestinians.

Israel and the Palestinians have been engaged in seven months of direct peace talks which are due to expire at the end of April, and Obama warned that decision time was at hand.

He warned that the deadline was "coming near, and some tough decisions are going to have to be made".

But Netanyahu resisted, saying "Israel has been doing its part, I regret to say the Palestinians haven't".

He claimed Israel had "uprooted entire settlements" and released hundreds of Palestinian "terrorists."

Netanyahu said the highest priority for Israel and the United States was not the peace process but preventing Iran from obtaining a military nuclear capacity.

The "greatest challenge, undoubtably, is preventing Iran from acquiring the capacity to make nuclear weapons," he said.

The way to do that was to prevent Iran from enriching uranium and for it to ensuring it fully dismantled its military nuclear installations, he argued.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-03-03

  • ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    Netanyahu urges 'real solution' on Iran in Moscow

    Read more

  • FRANCE - ISRAEL

    Hollande talks tough on Iran during Israel visit

    Read more

COMMENT(S)