THE TRUTH IS THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, PRIME MINISTERS HAVE HAD TO SAY "NO" TO PRESIDENTS OF THE US.
IN ESSENCE THE PRES. HAD TO BACK DOWN JUST FOR A PHOTO-OP.
As was clear, he did not allow either Abbas or Bibi to speak.Had they done so, it woulkd have been clear, that they are not on the same page.
Year after year, Arabs go out of their way to screw themselves by being impractical.Why Abbas believes he will see Bibi talk about a divided Jerusalem , or stopping natural growth of settlements is beyond me.
As the new year unfolds, and we get closer to Congressional elections, this issue will fade in importance.This is especially true if the Reps pick up Va. and N.J. gubernatorial races this Nov. and unemployment stays at 10%.
By then we will know what if anything will have passed in healthcare,but it doesn't look like a major Obama victory.Tnen will come "tax and trade", and again a major battle that will take administration energy.Add this to Afghanistan, and the Pres. has a fullplate.
Today we leave for Israel until after Succoth, and my son-in-law Dr. Paul Ratzker will be blogging as his schedule permits.
Again a G'mar chatimah tovah, and a good yom tov to all