Obama Appears to Jab Netanyahu in Speech to Israeli People
11:57 AM, Mar 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech to the Israeli people today, President Obama appeared to take a slight jab at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"That is where peace begins – not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people; not just in a carefully designed process, but in the daily connections that take place among those who live together in this land, and in this sacred city of Jerusalem," Obama said, according to the prepared text of his remarks. "Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see."
The implication seemed to be that Netanyahu was not interested in seeking peace. And therefore it was up to the audience, made up of college-aged Israeli kids, to pressure Netanyhau to take the risk of seeking peace.
It would also appear to be an admission of Obama's own leadership--that he might only take a risk if pushed in that direction by the people.