A plethora of post mortem analysis has been conducted on Obama's Middle East policy speech vis-à-vis Netanyahu's rebuttal. However, what may not appear entirely transparent is that Obama may have wanted to expose Netanyahu's fait accompli position on a two state solution versus his nonchalant attitude on the unsustainable status quo. Given that the international community and his domestic audience were not sure what his position was. Obama gave him an opportunity to redeem his political standing with the international community but he took the bait and pandered to his die-hards and masda complex supporters.
from the article: Obama is letting Netanyahu off the hook