You are right Ari Obama should not force a final deal, but what happens when you have centre and even far-rightist blocs governing on both sides?!?! The options are simple: 1) Current impasse and deadlock, or 2) The US forcing a deal. Then as you rightly imply, the US is trying to appear as a more neutral arbitrator in this conflict (hard as this task may be). I think it is time to get to the core issues; perhaps they won't be settled in a couple of weeks or months but there's no point not addressing them. Finally, you rightly mention that Fayyad's efforts need to be given a political dimension, but isn't that the same moderate Fayyad whom Israel banned a few days ago from attending a Jerusalem event?!?! There must be pressure on Israel and the Pals, and I'm afraid that only Obama can apply such pressure. He must have the courage to prevent the Tea Partiers from sabotaging his efforts. Only Obama can...the question is: will he?
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from the article: Obama can make peace, but mustn't force a final deal