Brief precis of what Obama has done so for:- (1) promised to use veto in security council if necessary (2) voted 'no' in UNGA (3) ensured that the US continues to fulfill Israel's military requirements including financing of Iron Dome. (4) on his watch Israel has been able to extend its illegal occupation. I am sure that Obama believes that Bibi is an obstacle to peace and despises him both personally and as a politician who deals with major nation leaders who defend Israel's security needs with utter contempt. He is not alone! Take a poll of those self same leaders and ask them wht they think about Bibi and I am confident their views would be little different to Obama's. That does not make them pro-Muslim; it simply means that as a statesman they think he is contemptible. How the world deals with Israel cannot begin and end with its interests. Responsible politicians need also to think what is in the wider interests of the region and the world at large. Israel's continuing expansion of the occupation and with a government that does not even attempt to hide its goal of achieving a greater Israel on all or at least much of the land between the Med and the Jordan is a massive spanner in the works. The real tragedy is that the West is not tougher with Israel, linking its support - financial, militarily and diplomatically - to Israel changing course and ending the occupation by making strenuous efforts to achieve 2-states. I do however think that things will change. Bibi appears to be deliberately trying to radicalise the Palestinians so that he can continue with his age-old mantra that Israel has no-one to talk to. He may well find that this has now become one step to far for his allies.
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