Obama Makes History in Cairo, Carefully; Netanyahu ‘Dodged a Huge Bullet’

In his major address to the Muslim world in Cairo today, President Obama once again argued that the freezing of Israeli settlements was a central element to achieving peace in the Middle East.
“Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s,” said Obama. “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.”
Obama’s remarks come as Israeli officials are increasingly voicing their resistance¬†to the administration’s new tough line against the expansion of settlements, natural or not, and claiming that it undercuts preexisting understandings between the American and Israeli governments.

Obama Makes History in Cairo, Carefully; Netanyahu ‘Dodged a Huge Bullet’