"Because Netanyahu is a weak leader, he needs the pretext of external pressure to move on - and in this Obama seems to be succeeding. The current crisis has created a remarkable storm: all Israelis understand that the support and friendship of the U.S. is a matter of life and death." [Strenger] These are the key points upon which the rest of this article's opinions depends. I think both are wrong: Netanyahu is a strong leader, he may yet rank among the best, depends on what unforeseen crisis he may face. While I believe that most Israelis value our friendship, not that many would say it is a "matter of life or death". Thinking Israelis know that a real crisis can be around any corner, and that there is really no chance to make a dent in the regressive thought patterns that surround them in three directions. They have nobody to depend on but themselves. In a way, I envy their situation, since it can only result in an enhanced awareness of life.
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