It would be nice if Ari Shavit's predictions could transpire but they can't. Israel has never been held accountable for its actions by America, even when those actions harmed American interests, as was done in the 2006 war. These days, it is less likely than ever that Israel will be held to account by America. It is this very fact which emboldens Israeli leaders to snub the American president on the world stage. It is as if he is daring Obama to do something about it. Obama got into a confrontation with Israel and came out looking very weak. The question is, is this because Obama is in fact weak, or because most presidents do not confront Israel and thus avoid this situation. Either way, America acts more like a proxy of Israel and less like a fair broker as time goes by.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition leader calls for halt to hostilities (Reuters)
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