Several issues stand in the way of an agreement, including Turkish demands of unfettered access to the Gaza Strip, and Hamas activity in Turkey.17:16 11.02.16 | 0 comments
Obama gave the Palestinians the back of his hand but strongly embraced Israel. His comments concerning the Palestinians were non committal; affirming only their right to be independent but insisting that only direct negotiations would work since achieveing peace is hard; there are no shortcuts. He could have pointed out that the Palestinians blew earlier opportunities for peace and are clearly not interested in negotiating terms but rather hope the UN will hand them the deal of their lives; no settlers, E. Jerusalem, right of return money, etc. If so they are having wet dreams. Obama cemented his relationship not only with Israel but with US Jews who play a huge role in his reelection. The Palestinains can give him nothing but heartburn.