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Tuesday, October 05, 2010


CNN needs a new headline writer.

The sources said the Obama administration has floated a possible set of assurances the United States could offer if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to extend a freeze on new settlements, but the prime minister has so far rejected it.

"Neither side trusts the other side, and neither side is convinced they understand what the other's bottom line is," one senior U.S. official said.
What that 'senior US official' doesn't get is that a major part of the problem is that neither side trusts President Obama. 'Groping' for a solution isn't going to solve that. And that's not a problem that can be resolved quickly. It took time to make this mess and it will take time just to build the trust necessary to resolve it. Unfortunately, the 'Palestinians' aren't willing to put in the time, and the President's main concern ends on November 2.

What could go wrong?


At 4:33 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US is putting the pressure on Israel because it won't put it on the PA to help advance the talks.

Which are going nowhere because they're more about making Obama look good than they are about making peace and the Palestinians really don't want to be there.

That's the elephant in the room every one is pretending doesn't exist for the sake of appearances.

All the US groping in the world won't change it.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

Obama reneged on the United States assurances of Bush to Sharon. Obama must be literally insane to think Israel will ever accept assurances from the United States as meaningful ever again, unless he fully abides by what Bush and Sharon agreed upon for the future. Otherwise what is to keep the next president from whimsically dismissing [as Obama did] the agreed upon obligations of the United States?

Bibi is not my first choice to lead Israel in negotiations [someone along the lines of MK Michael Ben-Ari would do better]; lets hope Bibi [aka Ehud Barak II] does not sign away Israel, and certainly not for a piece of meaningless US stationary.


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