The Obama administration, without making any demands on the Palestinians who haven’t abided by any parts of the Road Map, insisted that Israel freeze all settlement activity, including such little things as bathroom additions and new floors on houses. The Israeli administration just thumbed its nose at the US:
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the building of 455 housing units in the West Bank, defying U.S. demands for a freeze on settlement construction.
Israel is saying very clearly, to an administration very hostile to its interests: “We belong here, and we will act appropriately. We will not allow you to turn ever more parts of our nation, ours by right of ancient history, purchase, world treaties and war, into Judenrein territory.”
Apparently The One lacks the magic touch when it comes to the Middle East.