It is slowly dawning on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his dear friend George Bush is no longer president of the United States. After making clear he would not discuss the issue of a Palestinian state unless Arabs recognized Israel as a Jewish state, he changed his mind and indicated a willingness to engage in discussions with Abbas without this precondition. It is reported that Defense Minister Barak made clear to Netanyahu the United States would not support his views and he had to be flexible. The United States has made clear it wants the creation of a Palestinian state and Netanyahu hopefully got the message when his visit with President Obama was cancelled.
Perhaps, the most intelligent move Netanyahu can make is to fire his loud mouthed racist foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman as a show of independence from the crazies on the right of Israel politics. George Bush is in Texas. Do you get the point, Mr.Netanyahu??