The US has offered incredibly generous incentives for Israel to freeze settlements for an insufficiently short 3 months period (previously, only 2 months). Who was convinced to change his mind because of this offer? NOBODY. Of the Seven Wise Men group of ministers, B. Begin and Ya'alon are political idiots as well as ideologues, so the offer had no effect. Shas' Yishai is religiously motivated, and earthly (incl. airplanes) incentives count for nothing, and Lieberman of course was going to teach the US a "lesson". The two moderates, Barak and Meridor, would vote for continuing the freeze without any incentive at all. The one left is Netanyahu. But all Netanyahu needs (and will need), is enough to change the minds of his colleagues, not his own mind. (He follows pressure, not incentives). So these incentives are an exercise in futility. What Obama needs to do is to "change his skin" and apply good old PRESSURE on Israel to act rationally. Learn from Jim Baker, dude.
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