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The Eyes of the World

It seems it has been a rough week for President Obama.  Although he is battling mightily for health care reform, he still has a long way to go to build consensus.  On the foreign policy front, he is having even more difficulty.  His inability to create consensus of any sort in the Israeli – Palestinian issue is most troubling.  For he willingly entered as a moderator of sorts in the peace process, but was soundly rebuffed by Netanyahu.

Obama’s call for a jewish settlement freeze went nowhere.  This creates issues not only for the ultimate prospects of peace in the region, but signals the world that the U.S. President is incapable of reversing any decision of “No.”  I found the following article in the Jerusalem Post that more specifically describes the problem.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1253627550527&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

Debating issues with students and faculty as a law professor does not really help one develop the negotiation skills essential to a world leader. Let’s hope somehow President Obama learns to negotiate the tough issues with better success.

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