Netanyahu focus on Arab East Jerusalem and on Israel’s alleged right to build there — no doubt a ploy to distract American attention from the wider question of the complete settlement freeze, which Obama is insisting on.
But these are still early days. Washington has apparently not yet decided whether to announce its own detailed peace plan, or simply to continue to put firm but friendly pressure on the parties. In any event, peace is unlikely to break out without a struggle. Diehard settlers will put up a fight. Fearing civil war – or at a minimum the collapse of his coalition – Netanyahu will hesitate to confront them forcefully. Provocations are to be expected by extremists on both sides