I heard Hillary Clinton's statement about halting settlement-building on NPR the other day, and though I have a great deal to learn about the Middle East conflict, I was pleased. A recent BBC report sums up why:
Something has changed in Washington. This new US President, Barack Obama, is unlike any that an Israeli leader has faced before.
Certainly he shares Washington's traditional concerns for Israel's security. But his election victory marked a defeat for the neo-conservative Right and the Christian fundamentalists, the ideological camps that have provided the backbone of uncritical support for Israel over recent years.