David Hazony at the Contentions blog posted some background on the weird Haaretz poll that claimed that Israelis view Obama as fair and friendly.
One of the newspapers here featured a long weekend section titled "What does Obama really want?" with essays by various authors. One theme was comparisons to previous American administrations - this misses the point it seems to me. Obama wants to be Mr. Year Zero so to understand his approach to the Middle East it's necessary first of all to look at how he is approaching healthcare, Honduras etc.
Who aside from Obama is actually formulating the new American policies? Hilary, Biden, and Mitchell? Probably not. Is Samantha Power in the picture?
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