Will tough love work? BrianInNYC

Obama, Netanyahu Meeting: Obama Says Israel Must Stop Expanding Settlements

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?



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22 responses to “Will tough love work? BrianInNYC

  1. Steve

    The need for fuel demands we help resolve the problem. Otherwise, we might save a litle time by just walking away.

  2. dnd

    At his speech in Cairo, Obama reiterated the settlement and two state solution. I’m guessing Bibi’s getting the message.

  3. Nannymm

    But will he heed it, dnd?

  4. dnd

    Well, it’s been eight hours since Obama started his speech in Cairo. Critics are asking why there’s not peace in the Middle East yet. Clearly another failure of the Obama administration.

    BTW, for those of you who missed the speech, CSPAN has it:


  5. dnd

    Damn activist judges in South Carolina 😉

  6. I’ve heard the term “Tough love” used quite a few times today on MSNBC, hmmmmmmm

  7. dnd

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich issued a sharp critique of President Barack Obama’s speech before House Democrats in Williamsburg, Va.

    “It shrinks his presidency,” said Gingrich Friday at the American Enterprise Institute. “I thought last night’s speech in Williamsburg actually was a lot more like Carter and a long way from Reagan.”


    I guess Newtie doesn’t remember the Camp David Accords, a true lasting peace in the Middle East.

    Reagan’s Lebanon efforts, not so much…

    We need more Carter, less Reagan.

  8. dnd


    Oh, sure they use your post. Why aren’t they using my suggestion that Scarborough get a spot on “Psycho Talk?” 😉

  9. They haven’t gotten Starbucks’ approval yet dnd!

  10. dnd

    Gives a lot of cred to a political show to have overt product placement.

    BTW, Brian, CNN is using the phrase “tough love” too…

  11. dogs eye view

    GREAT post, Brian. Think you are on to something. And very glad to see the settlements issue addressed, at least.

    Could be a historic presidency in so many ways.

    Of course, so was the last one.

  12. dogs eye view

    Harvard researchers study: medical bills and related costs contribute to 62% of bankruptcies.

    What Elizabeth Warren has been saying for years. Now people are listening. I hope.

    LA Times article.


    ” … Medical insurance isn’t much help, either. About 78% of bankruptcy filers burdened by healthcare expenses were insured, according to the survey, to be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

    “Health insurance is not a guarantee that illness won’t bankrupt you,” said Steffie Woolhandler, one of the authors, a practicing physician and an associate medical professor at Harvard.

    Healthcare and insurance reform. NOW.

  13. Michelle Obama charms Nancy Reagan


    check out the comments section, oh brother!

  14. dnd

    My guess is that Michelle and the girls will charm Paris, They are in mourning from the AF447 tragedy and need something to feel good about.

  15. That hadn’t occurred to me dnd, but you’re right, a welcome diversion.

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