The U.S. as the facilitator of the Middle East peace process will NOT enforce an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, if its not mutually accomplished in good faith. However, the U.S. has clearly stipulated that it will make every effort to bring the parties to making the right choices for a compromise based on the guidelines of the U.N. resolutions and security interests. They also said they would call a spade a spade. In addition, let's make some corrections about President Obama: 1) He identifies with the sufferings of both peoples and their individual narratives ; 2) He doesn't seem to function in a role of placating anyone or appeasing anyone; 3) He didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize solely for the ME in mind, rather also he signed with Russia agreements in reducing nuclear arsenals, concern over Iran, responding successfully to the global economic crisis before he was even inaugurated, etc. 4) He is not a naive statesman because political strategists are not always successful. And lastly, regarding your suggestion vis-a-vis the peace process with the Palestinians, " the only way is an interim agreement " - what are you, mishuga? Do you want another Oslo period and more West Bank settlements development, which incidently only former U.S. Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin stated Israel has a right to do? My Orthodox Rabbi hasn't even said that about the West Bank. That's inviting more hardship, I'm sorry Ari Shavit. What the Middle East region needs is a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and the remaining members of the Arab League.
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