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    • JAMES
    • 11.11.09 | 12:42 (IST)

    Bill Clinton was the best friend Arafat had, he was recieved at the White House more than other international visitor. Madeleine Albraight cookked vegetarian lunch for Arafat. Clinton refused to eat lunch with Bibi.Arafat received billions of dollars that he put promptly into Swiss banks, six billion at the last count. To say that Bill Clinton was the best friend Israel had is being ignorant of the true facts. Obama started by pressing the Israelis more than the Palestinians. Abbas was counting on Bibi being thrown out of office, as it happened under Clinton/Arafat days. But something went wrong, the Israeli public became angry at the undue pressure , has made Bibi more popular, and Obama less popular in Israel. Now Obama is trying to find a formula that will work. And Abbas is threatening to resign and dissolve the Palestinian Authority. Settlements is not a first priority for the Israelis, defending themselves from Hamas , Hizbullah and Iran is the first priority.

    from the article: Does Obama delay in scheduling Netanyahu meet point to crisis?
    First published 00:57 09.11.09 | Last updated 09:57 09.11.09
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