Why Obama Should Keep the Heat on Israel ...

Getting tough on settlements is a necessary first step for Middle East peace

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The big question about Barack Obama has always been this: Is he a risk taker? Domestically, he answered it months ago with his massive stimulus package. On foreign policy, we only just learned the answer. By taking on the Israeli government over the issue of settlement growth, Obama is showing that he's a gambler overseas as well. Despite the conventional wisdom that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is impossible anytime soon, he seems hell-bent on pursuing one. And if he breaks china in the process, so be it.

American Presidents have opposed Israeli settlements in the West Bank since Israel conquered it...

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