When the Israeli doves and leftists pointed out how the Israeli people had been ignored by Obama at the outset of his Presidency and that this was a huge mistake, they were absolutely right. Essentially, Obama has taken himself out of being personally an effective mediator, has to rely on emissaries, and domestically will lose more than he gains by trying to impose a settlement. How sad for J-Street and the idealism which motivates them that the peace process cannot be made sexier! The central player failed to use his charms at the right time and sadly for J-Street's hopes, it is probably too late. Any olive branch from Obama to the Israel people at this stage of the game will have to be incredibly well planned out. Could it be done without US diplomacy being more forthcoming to Israel's concerns? Doubtfully. That initial charm offensive that so easily could have been arranged will go into the great historical vault of would have should have could haves.
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from the article: J Street chief: Obama needs to connect with the Israeli people
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