It really doesn't matter whose name is on the White House. What matters is that previous presidents have made promises to Israel, namely George W. Bush that need to be honoured. It boils down to the question of whether America is going to decide that the greater relationship with the Muslim World (airplanes crashing down on New York, Iran building nukes, Afghanistan, Iraq) outweighs its relationship with Israel. Those that believe that Aipac pulls all the strings in Washington are naive at worst and fools at the best. Washington does what is in Washingtons interest. On the surface they smile at the Muslim world, but deep down the Arab spring has demonstrated what a volatile uncivilized powder keg it can be. Turkey has switched 360 degrees from a Secular nation to one that is controlled by a madman bent on Islamic fundamentalism. Americas interests are not necessarily served by kissing up the Muslim world because that is a sign of weakness. Look we got our way. ON the other hand Israels mistake has been to continue building settlements. Its wrong. Step up to the table and see if the other party shows up, then the world sees the truth. When nobody shows up for the party from Israel then the Palestinians have the upper hand which they have surely gained. The true reality with Israel is that the Palestinians are not legitimately represented by Abbas. Hamas has not been properly "integrated" into the Palestinian government and as such is a dangerous impediment to peace. The Palestinians are a long long way from having a true state as long as Hamas calls the shots from Gaza. If the world legitimizes the State of Palestine including Hamas controlled Gaza they may as well hand the key to the world to the terrorists.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
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