....that many people were afraid he might become 10 months ago, when they saw who he was surroun- ding himself with in his cabinet. With folks like Hillary Clinton and Dennis Ross involved into the decision making, there is no way, that the U.S. administration will become the honest and trusted broker that the world would urgently need. Add to that the influence of the "reactionary forces" in Washington D.C., and there is no way that the Obama administration will be capable of tearing down the ideological barriers which would allow them to start having a dialogue with a "difficult" organisation like Hamas. With his total surrender to right-wing Israel on the question of settlement freeze, Obama hasn't only lost any kind of authority, but also helped strengthening old anti-Jewish stereotypes in this world ("Jewish control"). "Well done", indeed....
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from the article: Gideon Levy / Obama, you won't make peace without talking to Hamas