With Benjamin Netanyahu in a considerably weekend position due to the recent Israeli election, (he only has two more weeks to cobble together a coalition government), the sharks are beginning to circle. And the biggest shark of all is the one currently occupying the White house.
Reports indicate that Barack Obama is heading to Israel with the express purpose of pressuring the Israelis to both withdraw from the West Bank, (pre-1967 borders), and to restart negotiations with the Palestinians. Obama is looking to establish a state of Palestine by next year, (2014). Meanwhile reports indicate that Netanyahu had Mid-East peace discussions with King Abdullah of Jordan.
Should Netanyahu not be able to form government, then watch for a left of centre coalition attempt. Should that happen, then its pretty much game over, as the more "peace at all costs" doveish Israeli left would give away most everything if they thought they would get an peace agreement out of the deal.
Obama to demand
Israel withdraw from West Bank: Report
US President Barack Obama is going to demand a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank during his visit to Israel later this month, a report says. The World Tribune quoted on Monday an unnamed Israeli official as saying that "Obama has made it clear to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu that his visit is not about photo-ops, but the business of Iran and a Palestinian state”. “The implication is that if Israel won’t give him something he can work with, then he’ll act on his own,” the report quoted the source as saying. According to the report, an Israeli pullout plan could be part of an imminent US push to form a Palestinian state in the West Bank in 2014.
Obama plans to extract timetable for Israeli pullout from
U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the
West Bank. Israeli sources said Obama, scheduled to arrive in on March 20, wants a detailed Israeli withdrawal plan from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the president’s visit. The sources said the Israeli plan would be considered in what could be an imminent Israel initiative to establish a Palestinian state in the U.S. West Bank in 2014. “Obama has made it clear to Netanyahu that his visit is not about photo-ops, but the business of and a Palestinian state,” a source said. “The implication is that if Iran won’t give him something he can work with, then he’ll act on his own.” Israel
Report: Netanyahu, King Abdullah discuss
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Jordan's King Abdullah II met in Jordan last week and discussed the Middle East peace process, a diplomatic source said Saturday. "Last week, Netanyahu travelled to Jordan and met King Abdullah II," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "In the meeting, they discussed the Middle East peace process."