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Hmm. Why would Netanyahu be distrustful?

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This tidbit from a New York Times story about the relationship between the president and Netanyahu caught my eye.

This tidbit from a New York Times story about the relationship between the president and Netanyahu caught my eye.

Mr. Netanyahu, as the leader of Israel’s conservative Likud Party, was far more comfortable with the Republican Party in the United States than with Mr. Obama, the son of a Muslim man from Kenya whose introduction to the Arab-Israeli conflict was initially framed by discussions with pro-Palestinian academics.

So you see, Netanyahu has a built in prejudice against “the son of a Muslim man from Kenya” (if it were true, and it most probably isn't, this would be an irrational bias) which made the relationship uncomfortable from the start. Obama, though, just wants peace.

Obama also asserts that he believes Netanyahu won't make the concessions necessary for "peace" and, on top of that, he's not too "bright.” Jeremiah Wright is bright. Robert Malley is bright. Netanyahu is not. Probably because the MIT and Harvard graduate was “introduced” to the Arab-Israeli conflict by his brother Yoni, an elite commando killed in Entebbe, or his father a historian and former Cornell University professor, rather than a terror enthusiast like Rashid Khalidi or Susan Rice.

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