President Obama spoke to the Israeli people today, at the Jerusalem Convention Center. His remarks moved his administration toward the pre-Obama consensus views of the Clinton and Bush administrations, indeed at several points echoing Bush’s 2008 speech to the Knesset. But he presented a view of the chances for peace with the Palestinians that was far rosier than reality permits—or than he may really believe.
Speaking at a press conference today in Ramallah, President Obama said he doesn't "want to put the cart before the horse" in terms of dealing with the so-called settlement issue before the security issue:
President Obama went after MSNBC host Chuck Todd for asking too many questions at a press conference today in Jerusalem, Israel:
Obama told Todd, who had asked about the president's failures to achieve Middle East peace, that he should be more like the Israeli press, and only ask one question. And the president called Todd "incorrigible."