Here’s a list of 8 headlines, all from the last , but from different . There’s reassurance, there’s pressure, there’s , there’s confrontation. In many of the cases, the same words lead the contradictory headlines. In many cases, the ideology of the news editor is no less important than Obama’s words.
Here’s a taste of the many faces of Obama’s Israel policy:
Now, here’s what we know and here’s what we don’t know:
1. A Two State Solution is US’ policy. No surprise here. If an Israeli politician was hoping for anything else (I don’t believe such politician exists), he has no sense of reality.
2. Obama doesn’t think Israel should be blamed for all ME troubles. He does think, though, that Israel is at fault on some issues, like settlements.
3. Some confrontation is to be expected. It’s good for Obama (to show the Arabs that he’s not in Israel’s pocket), and will also give Netanyahu an opportunity to make a stand.
4. Obama is right in some cases. Example: Israel has promised to evacuate illegal outposts. If this becomes an issue – Netanyahu doesn’t have a case.
5. Netanyahu is right: Israeli moves on settlements will still not bring about peace.
6. The most fascinating part of it: Just like his predecessors, Obama is already personally involved with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those wanting him to succeed should constantly remind him that it ended in misery for both Clinton and Bush (here’s my prediction: he will still want to get personally involved. This conflict never fails to work its magic on American statesmen).