Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doubts over Obama's 'peace engine'

By Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
Asia Times

(Click on cartoon by Khalil Bendib to enlarge)

"JERUSALEM - A joke deriding United States President Barack Obama is making the rounds in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, according to Aluf Benn, the normally well-informed diplomatic correspondent for the Ha'aretz newspaper: "What do Americans do when anything breaks down in their home - when the sink is blocked, the toilet overflows, or a fuse snaps? Simple: They ask Barack Obama to give a speech and the problem is solved.".......

No one is saying it out loud in the Israeli corridors of power, but listening to talk from Netanyahu officials, one's left with the distinct impression that the unspoken punch line of the anti-Obama joke is: "He'll do the talking, we'll do the policy-making.""

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