Obama's Middle East moment

With the current Israeli administration whittling away at the already slim chance of a two-state solution, Barack Obama must show his cards.

Enough of charades. The Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is not interested in two-state solutions. For all his expressed eagerness to negotiate, Netanyahu is unwilling to countenance a viable Palestinian state. His administration wants process, not substance – talks instead of a deal.

If any good is to come from the public humiliation of Joe Biden, the US vice-president, during his recent visit to Israel, it resides in the removal of residual doubts about Netanyahu’s objectives. The Israeli prime minister has clarified things.

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