Obama and Israel Roundup

Khaled Abu-Toameh, the most prominent Arab Israeli newspaper columnist, places the primary blame for the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on President Barack Obama and the Palestinian leadership, citing three key errors Obama made. (Tablet)

Glenn Kessler sets forth just how “analysts and diplomats say the administration’s efforts have faltered in part because of its own missteps.” (Washington Post)

Douglas Bloomfield sees the US as having launched its Middle East efforts without being fully prepared. (Jerusalem Post)

Aluf Benn sees relations between Israel and the United States “in crisis,” in part because those close to Netanyahu “ridicule Obama’s inexperience and political amateurism of the administration.” (Ha’aretz)

Henry Siegman argues that only a US President “with the political courage to risk Israeli displeasure†can be expected to press Israel to do what needs to be done for the peace process. (New York Times)

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