Talk about Chutzpah…! MEMO, today, reported this obnoxious turn of events…

Netanyahu demands that Obama commit to predecessor’s promises on settlements and refugees

Israeli political sources have revealed a number of additional safeguards that Tel Aviv is demanding from the U.S. administration in return for its announcement of a "partial freeze" on the construction of Jewish settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

The sources indicated that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has requested that U.S. President Barack Obama commit to the assurances that were given by his predecessor, George Bush, in a letter sent out in April 2004 to then Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. It included assurances of Washington’s support for the principle of annexing major settlement blocs to Israel under any agreement for the demarcation of the Palestinian state’s boarders as well as the rejection of the return of Palestinian refugees to the territories occupied since 1948.

The sources referred to a "positive initial American reaction" to the Tel Aviv demands as Netanyahu’s requests "are usually listened to by the senior officials in the US administration."

*headdesk* Are you f*cking high, Bibi…?

That is in addition to the ‘Makovsky’ letter demands too, as even Amb. Oren had recently confirmed…

What Israel wants

Jackson Diehl, the Post’s deputy editorial page editor, speaks with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren about Israel’s provisions for peace talks with Palestinians and emphasizes that Palestinian recognition of Israel is the DNA of the peace process.

Now, parsing the latest demands: ‘the principle of annexing major settlement blocs to Israel’, and, ‘the rejection of the return of the ’48 (let alone, ’67) Palestinian refugees’… Is a complete non-starter for any continued dialogue, by every concerned party, but, the US and Bibi…! I mean, really…!

When Israel’s current FM, Avi Lieberman, had the audacity to state those very principles on the floor of the UN General Assembly, Bibi and all parties were quick to condemn them…

Egypt FM: Lieberman’s views do not represent Israel

Ahmed Aboul Gheit says in response to Lieberman’s controversial UN speech that he is pessimistic about the peace talks due to renewal of settlement construction.

… A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office stated following Lieberman’s speech that "Lieberman’s address was not coordinated with the prime minister," adding that "Netanyahu is the one handling the negotiations on Israel’s behalf. The various issues surrounding a peace agreement will be discussed and decided only at the negotiating table, and nowhere else."

No, Bibi, it will not be decided at the negotiating table…

The US Fifth Fleet will commence bombing Iran in 5, 4, 3, 2…

*gah*