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    • Spokanite
    • 23.05.11 | 08:34 (IDT)

    You state that "the American people support Netanyahu and Israel." Support for Israel may be broad, but I doubt that when you get beyond a relatively few hardcore Jewish zionists and fringe Christian apocalyptics, it is all that deep. Many wishful thinkers on this forum express the view that Obama is toast, come November 2012, and that the incoming Republican President will give unconditional support to the policies of the Israeli government. The polls I see show Obama with about a 52% approval rating. Not through the roof, but more than half. The numbers are pro ably held down by the persistent economic weakness and high unemployment. Despite what many on this forum seem to believe, Israel and Palestine are at the bottom of the list of concerns of the American people. Given the so far extremely weak field of Republican presidential hopefuls, the odds at the present time would seem to favor Obama's re-election. It would be foolsh to bet that President Obama in his second and final term, and freed from the necessity to kowtow to Israel and AIPAC could not swoftly turn American opinion around by explaining to the American people the vital U.S. interest in securing a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

    from the article: Obama, the first U.S. president to tell AIPAC the truth
    First published 01:45 23.05.11 | Last updated 01:45 23.05.11
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