First couple of years during his first term whilst he didn't visit Israel Obama went out of his way to hurt Israel and support muslims, the first person he called after being sworn in as president first time was Abbas. He was putting the squeeze on Bibi which led to the 10 month building freeze but Abbas kept making pre condition after pre conniption to avoid talks. Then came election season in the US and Obama had to start being more pro Israel make sure of the Jewish vote. SInce then support for Israel has been growing in America and support for palestinians dropping and the arab winter is totally overshadowing international interest in the palestinian issue. Abbas also has other problems himself other than talks with Israel like money, the west is no longer being as generous as they once were when all Abbas had to do was say I can't afford to pay my people and the US and Europe would come rushing with their check books. With Lapid in government and carrying out a crusade against the hared its unlikely the palestinians will even be top priority in Israel. Whilst Obama isof course going to discuss the palestinian issue he won't be going be making any demands and priority for Israel is Iran and Assad with his chemical weapons. This trip is going to be Obamas America stands with his traditional American politician we stand with Israel speech. The Israeli left is on the decline. Labor has been out of power for over a decade and is still only third largest party and once again out the coalition with no real voice. With the arab spring its only going to increase support for the right with them looking at Syria and saying to themselves well if we do a treaty with the palestiinains like the left wanted to do with Assad what happens if one day they have their own arab winter and there is chaos and this palestinian state starts firing everything they got into Israel and we no longer have any control over the security? The left have alot of work to do if they want to return to power and have the muscle to get the peace process in full swing the way it was in the 90s
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