During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that "some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."My understanding of "end of conflict" is more than a mere 60 years, but that may just be me.
When asked whether he thought Netanyahu was the right man to strike a peace deal with the Palestinians, the U.S. President said that "I think Prime Minister Netanyahu may be very well positioned to bring this about," adding that Israel will have to overcome many hurdles in order to affect the change required to "secure Israel for another 60 years"
Friday, July 9, 2010
Israelis Cling to their Guns... er...Prejudices
President Obama gave some interviews to various Israeli media outlets. When you look at his full statements they don't look as bad as when you focus only on the snippets - but the snippets don't look very good, nor are they particularly reassuring: