Re #3 I agree with your realistic assessment of Netanyahu, Mark - but he hasn't yet crushed Obama... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • WeCan2
    • 28.09.10 | 06:08 (IST)

    Nor do I believe that Obama honestly believes that he's sincere with his coyly ostentatious embrace of peace talks. Obama's got the unmitigated and pragmatic inputs of the state department keeping him well informed of the history and current realities. He's by no means fooled by Netanyahu - but he IS limited by political constraints that, at least for now, prevent him from taking a more proactive, less patient and diplomatic, stance. There's little question that he would if he could, just like other presidents before him. But to be quite frank, he IS the most likely to eventually put political considerations aside to invoke the power afforded him in matters of foreign policy. The more grim his prospects for re-election, and/or support for his agenda from congress, the more likely it becomes for him to act on this matter according his conscience and values. And even if he DOES get re-elected, I'll venture the same for the latter half of his term - if not sooner. So if anything, Netanyahu exposed him to WHAT exactly he's dealing with - right up front - and since then - hopefully anyway - Obama's been playing him and biding his time while Bibi's charade opens more eyes. Meanwhile, the State Department is his ace in the hole - guaranteed it's on top of it - and Obama is not operating in the blind.

    from the article: Netanyahu seen unlikely to accept U.S. compromise in Mideast talks
    First published 01:11 28.09.10 | Last updated 01:11 28.09.10
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