Israel’s insolence to Obama may rebound on it ~ Jonathan Cook, The National, February 3, 2015.
For 20 years, the White House stood guard over the peace process, reserving for itself the role of stewarding Israel and the Palestinians to a resolution of their conflict. Like some Godfather, the US expected unquestioning loyalty.
But Washington’s primacy in the relationship with both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships is unravelling at astonishing speed.
The crisis has been building for six years. Barack Obama arrived at the White House just as Israel elected one of the most right wing governments in its history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu. At their first meeting Mr Obama reportedly told his Israeli counterpart “not one more brick”. With a settlement-building freeze Washington could revive the long-stalled Oslo peace process.
Mr Netanyahu soon defied the president, and has been doing so ever since. The latest humiliation – the…
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