President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu today, but thus far nothing that has emerged from news reports is very surprising. Obama is pressuring Netanyahu on settlements and Palestinian statehood and Netanyahu is agreeing to immediate peace talks and pushing for a tougher line on Iran. But neither issue is easily resolved: the Palestinian leadership is fractured and there’s no viable peace partner — peace talks will go nowhere anytime soon, even with all of Obama’s lofty rhetoric about Netanyahu’s “historic oppourtunity.” And talking with the Iranians, as Obama plans to, is not going to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
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