Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the proverbial school yard bully who pushes people around and that justifies his behavior on ground they sometimes push back. He has absolutely no interest in securing a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority that recognizes the rights of Palestinians. After playing word games with special envoy George Mitchell that said he would freeze settlement construction it turns out he refers to settlement housing construction in the future, not the present.
President Obama is trying to bring together Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Abbas and himself to a three party meeting in Washington. Abbas declined any three party meeting since it is clear the Israel government is NOT interested in peace. Naturally, the bully boy, Netanyahu exclaimed that he “warmly welcomed” such a session.
It is time for President Obama to make clear to Israel there will be no further aid, there will be no further cooperating with Israel until its government becomes serious about peace.