Israel's resistance to using Obama as a broker in the peace process has nothing to do with his ethnic origin; it's because he's naive, inept, arrogant, cold to Israel, and unwilling to press the Palestinans -- only the Israelis. All these faults coalesced when, early into his term, he demanded that Israel reduce to zero all building in the settlements, and even defined parts of Jerusalem conquered in 1967 as a settlement. If he would have spent even a few hours studying the issue, and if he had advisers brave enough to tell him the truth, he would have known that this approach was not going to move the peace process along, it was going to throw a wrench in the works. Ironically, what he succeeded in doing is hanging Abbas out to dry.
Israeli soldier lightly wounded after being hit by car south of Hebron (Haaretz)
from the article: Why does Israel continue to dismiss Obama's Mideast peace efforts?