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    • Dan
    • 10.11.09 | 19:48 (IST)

    You claim Obama has a 4% approval rating amongst Israelis, well the answer is so what Israelis do not vote. He is still over 50% approval rating amongst US Jewish voters despite not making enough progress on healthcare and 10% unemployment. He has made the settlements an obstacle to Israeli Palestinian peace because THEY ARE. He was not talking about tearing them all down but simply a pause in further expansion. This has been US official policy through Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43, the fact most of them did not push too hard is another issue but US policy always has been the settlements are illegal and need to go. I do not understand an Israeli view which says they expect to make peace with a Palestinian partner that is willing to accept something less than independence in something less than the West Bank and expect any such partner to be elected by Palestinians! Most of the settlements need to go. OR You need to prepare for a bi-national state.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Netanyahu is good for the (American) Jews
    First published 01:45 10.11.09 | Last updated 08:46 10.11.09
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