Policy Speeches

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 8:42am

Israel's Prime Minister drew standing ovation, as President Obama prepares to address British Parliament.

In a major speech before Parliament today, the White House says President Obama will stress close ties between the U.S. and the U.K.

Ben Rhodes, National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications said, "Our economic efforts, our efforts on behalf of global security and our values, as well as what it is exactly that binds the U.S. and U.K. together."

He will likely get a warm reception, as did Israel's Prime Minster, when he addressed Congress Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "It's time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say 'I will accept a Jewish state.'"

His line in the sand includes no pre-war borders, as President Obama suggested; Palestinians breaking all ties with Hamas and not allowing refugees to re-claim the homes they left.

"We're not going to accept the great-grandchildren of Palestinian refugees. It's crazy. Everybody knows it," said Netanyahu.

Back in London, President Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning and hosts his own lavish dinner for the Queen tonight before heading to the G8 summit in France.

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