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02 February 2012

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Obama has permitted himself to be repeatedly humiliated by Netanyahu (particularly regarding Israeli settlements). There is not much chance that Obama is going to break this pattern. I think he has realized that if he is going to have a career after the White House, he can't afford to anger a foreign lobby which substantially controls both the Republican and Democratic Parties and the mainstream media.

Benjamin Netanyahu enjoys more power in the American politics, and especially in the US Congress, than the president of the United States. This is where we stand. The prime minister of Israel can easily push around the entire US Defense Department and national security community. Weird, eh?

This situation is probably not sustainable over the long run, and will probably trigger a spectacular backlash down the line, but for the time being Benjamin Netanyahu is Barack Obama's boss and master.

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