Bush's "tough talk" during his recent visit to Israel was aimed at ending Israel's intransigence at the peace table. All that toughness has since been softened and toned down.
The goal has been reduced, from reaching an actual settlement of the conflict by year's end, to a much more modest quest.
The language has been changed, the goal has been changed from establishing a Palestinian state by year's end, to defining the "contours" of a proposed, future Palestinian state by year's end. In other words, the viscious status quo will remain in place..
The Israel Lobby has re-written the American president's agenda, once again.
I resent this self-serving, foreign intrusion into US policy formation; the national interests of the USA and those of the Jewish State are not congruent; we need a president who realizes that and acts accordingly. Obama may just be the guy for the job.