Israel, the US, and the Mid-East are now at a very serious crossroads. Without agreement between the US and Israeli governments: 1. The US may decide to abstain from UN Security Council votes against Israel. This could be Obama's new way of making his points, and racheting up pressure on Netanyahu - but it could very easily backfire, reinforcing the Israeli government's siege mentality and its determination to prevail against all odds. 2. Israel may determine, on its own timeline, and in its own way, to denuclearise Iran. If relations with the US are already so bad, Israeli reasoning may go, what would there be to lose by going it alone? 3. Obama's grasp on both Congress and a second term may slip, despite his health care bill victory. Why? A good number of American Jews are going to sit out the next election, or even vote Republican (the electorate as a whole seems to be trending this way). Beltway Paralysis will hobble Obama's ability to mediate any Mid-East peace accords.
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from the article: Two meetings, but no agreement between Obama and Netanyahu