Top US newspaper urges Obama to back off Israel

Thursday, May 06, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

In its Wednesday editorial, The Washington Post urged US President Barack Obama to back off Israel, and recognize that overt pressure is not going to get the peace process anywhere, especially when dealign with a democracy that will just replace its own government if things get too hairy.

"The Obama administration should recognize that blunt pressure on Israel won't produce a Middle East deal," read the editorial. "Instead, the administration needs to methodically press both sides to negotiate seriously."

The newspaper noted that Obama is currently backing Arab demands that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can never accept without being removed from office, meaning Obama is actually making it impossible for the peace process to move forward at present.

The editorial singled out the Obama Administration's hostile reaction to a routine building announcement in Jerusalem that happened to coincide with Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the city in March.

"President Obama chose to escalate what could have been a blip into a public quarrel, in the apparent hope of extracting a series of concessions from Netanyahu," a move which only served to further distance Obama from the Israeli voting public.

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