A Yom Kippur observation for Obama: A "good President" applies pressure on Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    When one looks back, it is clearly seen that the greater the "friendship" of a US President to Israel (meaning that he applies less pressure on Israel to pursue peace), the less is accomplished. Our greatest "friends" were Clinton and G. Dubya Bush. Clinton did everything Barak asked him to do, including not offering bridging proposals in Camp David. The result: no peace, only Intifada II. Dubya Bush came up with the Roadmap, a plan but no pressure on Israel. Nothing useful resulted. Looking back at the "bad" presidents, Nixon helped Israel with military equipment in Yom Kippur, but then prevented Israel from vanquishing the Egyptian Third Army. He preserved Egypt's honor, and peace became possible. Carter was even insulting in his pressure on Begin. But he ended up god-fathering the Peace Agreement with Sadat. Papa Bush was publicly pushing Shamir, even causing his regime to fall, This resulted in the Madrid Conference which led to Oslo. Obama seems to be made of different stuff. He aspires to do what is "right", more than what political considerations dictate, as he did with healthcare. His problem is that he does not like to deal harshly with his opponents, neither the US Republicans nor the Israeli Likudniks.

    from the article: Open letter to Mahmoud Abbas for Yom Kippur
    First published 12:56 07.10.11 | Last updated 12:56 07.10.11
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