US President Obama speaks with PM Netanyahu 370.
(photo credit: White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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US President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second term on
2012 – and the following day in all probability Israelis will reelect
Netanyahu to a new term as prime minister.
the big unanswered
questions is whether Obama will mount a serious effort to revitalize the
process between Israel and the Palestinians or whether he will conclude
it’s just too tough and content himself with going through the
Obviously, Obama is facing huge
challenges both at home and
abroad, and will have to set priorities. One thing we’ve learned is that
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks generally don’t get very far without the
and committed personal involvement of the president of the United States
even that is no guarantee of success as President Bill Clinton
Camp David in 2000. For Obama, there are only so many hours in the day
and only so many issues he can personally attend to.
policy, he has already indicated that his No. 1 goal and election
promise is to
get US troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Iran’s nuclear
program, which the president is committed to prevent from coming to
also an urgent priority and the crisis surrounding Iran is likely to
come to a
head some time next spring.
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