“The President described Israel’s government as having been extreme right and said that Netanyahu, just like any other world leader, does not want ‘any restraints…'” I guess that means that Obama doesn’t want any restraints, either. But in any case, his use of the term “extreme right,” coming from a hardcore Leftist like Obama, shows his contempt and distaste for the current Israeli leadership, and desire for a government that will be more compliant, lying down and dying in the face of the Palestinian jihad.
…When asked what lesson he had learned from attempts to broker an Israeli–Palestinian accord, the President responded that his key takeaway is that “it’s really hard” and that trying to get the parties to agree entails great potential for misunderstanding. Obama attempted to dispel the notion that he had pressured Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu unfairly and said that his administration was, in fact, “more attentive” to Israel than to the Palestinians.
The President described Israel’s government as having been extreme right and said that Netanyahu, just like any other world leader, does not want “any restraints,” and does not want to be seen as a weak leader. On the Palestinian side, Obama sounded even more pessimistic, telling the audience President Mahmoud Abbas may not want to close a deal and that his views “have deteriorated” to the point at which the window of opportunity for a peace agreement may have already closed. Obama did pledge, however, that the United States would keep trying to promote peace….