Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama are not best buds who are gonna get together every Tuesday night to play poker, drink beer, smoke cigars and make fun of the Arabs.
So their meeting today in the Oval Office had to be frostier than an Arctic iceberg prior to global warming after Obama yesterday proposed using the 1967 Israeli-Palestinian borders as a basis for a peace agreement.
Netanyahu delivered a counter punch strong enough to split a tree when he told Obama to go pound some Mideast sand. The shot left Obama with wobbly legs like a guy hanging on a high-speed subway strap.
Speaking after a meeting that went nearly two hours longer than scheduled, Netanyahu said any deal “cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible.”
Between 1948 and 1967, Netanyahu said: “These were not the boundaries of peace. They were the boundaries of repeated wars.”
Indeed, the Mideast has had more backyard brawls than the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Obama, who should have known that a pterodactyl doesn’t morph into robin, tried to save some face by saying: “Obviously, there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language. That’s going to happen between friends.”
Pretty weak comeback there, Potsie, er, Barack.
Netanyahu essentially told reporters that Obama has the Mideast vision of Stevie Wonder.
“Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality,” he said.
A true renunciation, I’d say.