Mr Obama, on what planet do you live?

It was master-crafted as an ingratiating speech by the world’s most important leader talking on behalf of the government that has most unreservedly championed Israel’s cause over the decades – enthusiastically received by the audience of mainly Israeli youth, and especially by liberal Jews around the world.

Despite the venue, President Obama’s words in Jerusalem on March 21 seemed primarily intended to clear the air somewhat in Washington. Obama may now have a slightly better chance to succeed in his second legacy-building presidential term despite opposition from a deeply polarised US Congress.

Richard Falk

Al Jazeera, Qatar

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