What is Israels idea of a good American president? American policy has always been anti-settlement and that will not change, nor will any president go against it. George Bush, considered by Israel as one of their favorite presidents, spoke out against settlements, calling them "an impediment to peace". Bush also spoke out at the beginning of the 2006 war, asking that Israel not damage the infrastructure of Lebanon or jeopardize the government of Siniora. In each case, Israel ignored Bush and in each case Bush shut up. This then is Israels favorite president. Someone they can ignore with impunity. Having done this for several decades, Israel sees American weakness on settlements as a big bright green light to do as they please. Now, along comes Obama. This is something new for Israel. As always when experiencing something new, especially when it is critical of Israel, Israel handled it badly. In the end, Obama may be an American idea of a good president.
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