"The pivot toward tackling issues that include the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the borders of a future Palestinian state greatly increases the stakes for an administration that has found even small advances to be beyond reach. It also risks making Mr. Obama appear ineffective in having not gained a tangible early goal of his Middle East policy."
This performance is proving more farce than drama or romance. Israel's Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's report is the opposite of Pseudistinian Abbas's.
"While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from his meeting with US President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday saying that the Palestinians had dropped their preconditions for negotiations, and that the discussion now centered on the framework of the talks, Abbas himself announced that nothing less than an Israeli withdraw to the 1967 borders would enable resuming peace talks."
Who was supplying the translators?
Who has been advising Obama? His words and behavior were rude, immature and uncalled for.
Obama scolded Netanyahu and Abbas. "We've had enough talks," Obama said. "We need to end this conflict. There is a window of opportunity but it might shut."
Obama made it clear during the meeting that he was interested in resuming the negotiations between the sides "about all outstanding issues" based on the talks and signed agreements since the beginning of the Oslo process 16 years ago.
"There's an historical record of the entire past negotiations and there are principles," he said.
"We won't start the negotiations from scratch, we will not take the historical record and toss it aside. Nor will we wait for the perfect formula."
He also said: "It's difficult to disentangle ourselves from history but we must do so. The only reason to hold public office is to get things done. We all must take risks for peace."
"We cannot continue the same pattern of taking tentative steps forward and then stepping back," Obama told reporters as he sat down for the meeting.
"Success depends on all sides acting with a sense of urgency."
The U.S. president said both sides must get formal peace negotiations back on track. "Simply put, it is past time to talk about starting negotiations," Obama said. "It is time to move forward... Permanent status negotiations must begin and begin soon."
Simply put, Obama hasn't a clue as to what this "conflict" is all about. He's dictating to foreign powers. He decided what the end product should be and he want it now, like some bratty kid.
For the zillionth time, peace between us and the Arabs isn't something that can be simply negotiated, nor railroaded, like Obama is trying to do. He's acting haughty and imperialist. You can use the word "chutzpadik," too.
The time has come, OK rather overdue but better late than never, for Israel to refuse to attend any more of these events.
We are an independent country, made of an ancient people which has returned to its homeland. Only we, Jews, have a history of independent nationhood in this part of the world. We don't owe anything to any foreign leader. Here we are smack dab in the middle between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Our prayers repeat that G-d is Our King. We beseech G -d to forgive us for all our sins, including the sins to our Land and Peoplehood.