The most recent meeting between the U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Israel was characterized by the unusual cold, – Antonio Ferrari wrote in an article published in the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.
Summit Obama-Netanyahu took place after the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Israel cessation of settlement construction is not a precondition for resuming negotiations with the Palestinians. But Obama could not prevent further weakening of credibility of the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world, especially after the historic speech in Cairo.
The author does not exclude the fact that the hardening of positions on Israel has become the latest attempt to persuade Abu Mazen to abandon the decision not to participate in the presidential elections in January next year. In addition, the American president may have irritation to the fact that the current Israeli Government policies determine the far right, in particular, ardent supporters of the continued construction of settlements
The article indicates that Obama continues to advocate the establishment of two states, but some promises are not enough. And Washington must decide: either the U.S. administration speaks with one voice, or it should resolve the disagreement between the president and the secretary of state. As for Israel, disagreements between the allies in the coalition are getting more and more obvious. The Palestinians must reunite a deeply divided society and resolve problems with the outside world (Israel, USA. In other words, Where are the Middle Eastern partners able to find the path to peace? That is the question asked by author of the article.