it is clear to the vast majority of Israelis that freezing the settlements will not bring about peace or security. That’s why one doesn’t see many Israelis supporting Obama’s attempt to freeze the settlements. That’s why no major political party in Israel can afford to be identified with the Obama way. It will be politically damaging.
[This from Shmuel Rosner, J Post’s US correspondent. “It is clear to the vast majority of Israelis” means that’s what they belief, not necessarily that it is a fact. But their belief does shape Israeli political decisions in a powerful way. Why they believe it is another question.]