Netanyahu has a win/win situation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Natallie Durson
    • 27.09.10 | 04:12 (IST)

    The best outcome for Netanyahu was one in which he agreees to peace talks but the Palestinians walk away after settlement construction resumes. This makes the settlers happy with Netanyahu, it makes the coalition happy, it doesn't make Obama happy, but he must stifle his criticism, since Israel tried (after a fashion) and the Palestinians walked. If Abbas doesn't walk then Obama will be much happier, as long as the talks last through the elections. By then, Netanyahu will have another scenario to force Abbas to walk. there are plenty of options. Bibi is in the catbird seat for now. Obama has been showed up as a weakling and a fool. Abbas has yet to show his true colors. He can attempt to salvage his reputation by walking away as he promised he would, or he can continue to lick the boots of Israel. We will be able to talk about Abbas very soon.

    from the article: Akiva Eldar / Settlement freeze furor is a mask for Netanyahu's true intentions
    First published 02:33 27.09.10 | Last updated 02:33 27.09.10
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