Prof. Barry Rubin writes that, whatever comes from President Obama’s upcoming trip to Israel, it will not be a significantly more functional “peace process.” Israel may be pressured into another meaningless freeze on “settlement” construction. The Palestinians may even feel a little pressure themselves. But, ultimately, for Obama and Israel, the trip is about showing the strong bond between the two countries – seriously.
Yet Israel is prepared to go along with Obama again in some fashion. Why? Because it is necessary to preserve the strong relationship with the United States. Obama will be president for the next four years, and some help from him is needed on the Iran nuclear issue, the likely growing threat from Egypt, military aid, and other issues. That is political reality.