Despite the clear message from the US people in the recent mid-term elections that they are not happy with Obama’s policies, there is every sign that Obama plans to focus on pressuring Israel for concessions, as pointed out by Caroline Glick.
This latest round of Obama/Clinton pressure is particularly dangerous for Israel.
Under the guise of “pretty please just 90 more days” reinforced by the glib Thomas Friedman, there are clear signs that a freeze extension agreement by Netanyahu will result in a forceful attempt by Obama to extract a commitment from Israel as to what land they are prepared to concede. An undertaking even in principle and with caveats will be gifted on a plate to the Palestinians, who will take it without any significant and meaningful commitment to true conflict resolution… and it would instantly lead to major trauma in the West Bank Jewish communities.
Give an inch and Obama and the Palestinians will take a mile!
The reasons for Obama’s single minded pressure on Israel are uncertain (with Obama itching for a triumph to justify his Nobel Prize, Israel might just be the next thing Obama wants to throw under the bus on the way) but ultimately don’t matter so much.
What does matter is that these are dangerous times and Obama is no Chaver; Netanyahu surely has to appreciate that he has much greater support now in the U.S. Congress and from the U.S. people, and either way has to do what is right for Israel and its security
Be it preparations for Chanukah, but Netanyahu has to avoid being painted in a corner by Obama.