President Obama, in what may be his most difficult foreign policy test so far, is keeping the pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. While Netanyahu received raucous support from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee during his visit here, Israeli analysts have criticized the prime minister’s insistence on pressing more settlements. In Haaretz, Aluf Benn wrote:
The prime minister leaves America disgraced, isolated, and altogether weaker than when he came.
Instead of setting the diplomatic agenda, Netanyahu surrendered control over it. Instead of leaving the Palestinian issue aside and focusing on Iran, as he would like, Netanyahu now finds himself fighting for the legitimacy of Israeli control over East Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned from the United States Thursday with egg all over his face but also with a painfully sharp insight – gone are the days when the White House was considerate about the intricacies of