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    • GeneG
    • 21.05.11 | 19:57 (IDT)

    You all ignore the fact that Obama said other things relating to Hamas that clearly indicate there is no chance of peace discussions. He understands that Israek should not and will not sit down with Abbas if Hamas is included. Nor will Obama push Israel to do so; so what he said about starting with pre 1967 borders and making land swaps as a basis for discussion was striclly for Arab consumption. I suspect he carefully explained that to Netanyahu during their meeting before the public comments but Netanyuhu would not miss an opportunity to make the point. Accordingly Obama is now in the position of having to recant and eat some crow, and say that he meant only that the pre 1967 borders would be the starting point for compromises on border adjustments. I was really angry at Obama until I realized the strategy he is using. He cannot afford to screw Israel or Netanyahu. He is stroking the Arabs.

    from the article: Barak: Israel-U.S. differences on peace process 'smaller than they seem'
    First published 17:53 21.05.11 | Last updated 17:53 21.05.11
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