US analyst: Obama likely to have harder time with peace

November 3, 2010 12:43

With less bargaining power in Congress, US President Barack Obama would have a harder time brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, analyst Christianto Wibisono said Wednesday, a day after the 2010 US midterm elections.

"And as long as there is no peace between Israel and Palestine, things aren't going to go smoothly in Afghanistan and Iraq."Zalman Shoval, a Netanyahu confidant and former Israeli ambassador to the US, said the election results marked a vote of no confidence in Obama — but he doubted the change in Congress would influence US-Israel relations and the US-led peace process.

"Foreign policy is the prerogative of the president, even if he is weak," said Shoval.

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