WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday opened his deepest foray into the Middle East quagmire, telling Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu he must stop Jewish settlements and should grasp a “historic opportunity” to make peace with the Palestinians.
I’ve had this idea floating around my head over the last few days. Can the president’s pressure on Netanyahu give him the cover he might be looking for to take to his right wing base and finally close down the settlements once and for all? If Netanyahu doesn’t take advantage of what I think is an opening for him to do the right thing, his collation government is a rather fragile one. Should President Obama apply enough pressure and possibly topple Natenyahu’s government?