Netanyahu’s Dilemma: Resist Pressure While Keeping Cool

By stating that America expected any future Middle East peace accord to be based on the 1967 borders, President Barack Obama has placed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the most difficult of positions. Although he couched this demand in a context of support for Israeli security and opposition to Palestinian efforts to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state, Obama has profoundly undermined Netanyahu’s negotiating position. Netanyahu’s dilemma is how to resist an American dictat without allowing this dispute to escalate into a public spat that would further distance the Israelis from their only ally. The answer is that Netanyahu must stick to his principles and his insistence on defending Israel’s rights and security while not allowing himself to be baited into an angry exchange with Obama.

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Netanyahu’s Dilemma: Resist Pressure While Keeping Cool

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