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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:33 PM

Obama To Israel: Why Now?

By Stephen Collinson (AFP)

WASHINGTON He's hardly best buddies with Benjamin Netanyahu and his drive for a Palestinian state is comatose, so why did Barack Obama pick Israel to fire up his legacy-boosting second term diplomacy?

The US president sprung a surprise last week by announcing he would pick the turmoil-laced Middle East for the first trip since re-election.

The twisted personal chemistry between Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is no secret, and was not helped by the Israeli leader rooting for Republican Mitt Romney in November's election.

After Obama's first term peace efforts were spurned by Israel, and Palestinians embarrassed him by seeking UN recognition, the chances of the president coming home with nothing to show for his trip seem high.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:37 PM

1. Hopefully to win a second Nobel Peace Prize

 

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:37 PM

2. No better time than the present.

There are now newly elected governments in both countries so why not now.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:02 AM

3. A waste of time

Both sides will continue to posture and do nothing. That's what happens when governments elect extremist.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:42 AM

4. This is the perfect time actually.

You have to give Obama a lot of credit for seeing that and making time.

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