Blaming the impasse with Netanyahu on Obama's diplomacy is a little like blaming World War II on Britain and France for their failure to halt German agression. In both cases the major blame must be put squarely on the shoulders of the agressor. In the present case the agressor is Israel. For forty years it has thumbed its nose at the world and continued to build illegal settlements while whining that there is no partner for peace. Obama's tough talk on settlements may have been better thought out. Maybe he should have twisted some Arab arms to get some concessions for a real settlement freeze. But Benn is wrong and Siegman is right. The majority of Israelis, whatever they may tell pollsters, are simply not ready to take the steps necessary for a real peace. It is too easy ( and it has been made too easy for them) to say the Palestinians aren't ready for peace yet. The Israelis remind me of St. Augustine before his conversion whose prayer was "Someday, Lord, but not now."
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from the article: Why do Israelis dislike Barack Obama?