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Why Obama's Israel Trip Is One Big Mistake

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President Barack Obama walk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Netanyahu's car outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu has called the US-Israel relationship unbreakable.
(image by Carolyn Kaster / AP)

But this trip - the timing and the script - makes no sense. In spite of all this, the president is headed to Tel Aviv. The anti-Obama peace-process skeptics can't help but gloat. As Barry Rubin, a conservative, pro-Israel American pundit put it on his Facebook page: 'I think we have just won a huge victory ' Obama has admitted defeat on trying to bully, manipulate, or pressure Israel.' Netanyahu will be seen as the victor in his battle with Obama, rewarded not only for defying - or standing strongly against, depending on one's political perspective - an American president. And Netanyahu will learn one powerful lesson from Obama's visit: I don't have to do anything on the Palestinian issue. I can continue to expand settlements, focus solely on Iran, and insult the U.S. president, and he will still come and thank me with a two-day dog-and-pony show.

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