This article by Indyk in the NY Times is an attempt by Obama white house to try and get some of the heat they are now taking off their back. The white house is concerned because Israel's PR offensive has them in a tight spot. Indyk's comments about the politics in the Likud point to Obama's own situation. Here in Florida his standing has taken a hit because his health care reform hurts seniors. The old Jews in South Florida are overwhelmingly democrats and for years we republicans considered them to be an impregnable democrat stronghold. After the Obama attack on Jewish building in Jerusalem there is a lot of disappointment with Obama in their community. My colleagues have begun canvassing them aggressively. If Obama moves on the threats that Indyk is making to hurt Israel's security interests, we have our case made. The democrat margin in Florida is very small. We intend to take our state away from him on the basis of the Israel issue. With Florida, we'll take the presidency too.
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from the article: Indyk: If Israel manages alone, it can decide alone