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Welcome back seventy minutes now past the hour President Obama riding -- Washington last night coming home for his trip to the to Israel -- his first trip there since becoming president and the president's goal on that trip was to repair.
A somewhat rocky relationship with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
So was this -- enough to mend relations with our key -- Elliott Abrams is a former national security advisor under President Bush and author of tested by design on.
All right so.
President Obama -- position on the Israeli Palestinian conflict has kind of changed.
It's almost no one -- kind of gone back to the original bush position is that true.
-- It is true this morning that you might say the Clinton and bush position of being.
Close to Israel in the first term he wanted to create distance he was kind of appealing to the Arab countries.
Now that's over now he's not saying settlements are illegitimate he really has kind of changed his position and the question is does he really mean it or is it is it just talk we asked at the beginning what.
Did did President Obama accomplish his goal here's what the president said about what he intended to do in Israel listened.
Put yourself in their shoes.
Look at the world through their us.
It is not fair -- the Palestinian child cannot brought.
In a state of their -- President -- his main goal on this trip was to have the opportunity speak directly to the Israeli people.
I'm at a time when they're obviously.
Dealing with some major major problems -- as it relates the Palestinian people and threats from Syria Iran and others did he accomplish his goal.
I think he accomplished a lot of -- made itself seem friendly here to Israel.
And kind of put the Palestinian issue to the side because Iran and Syria are so much more important.
He told the Palestinians.
Just go to the negotiating table no -- preconditions.
No thinking about settlements -- just talk.
So I think he's got you know pulled it suggests he got some more sympathy from Israelis and.
Knowing that it -- it was primarily about Iran they're new cooking up big time.
Is the president -- -- stop them is he gonna kick the can down the road and let.
The next administration handle it predict how you see things playing out over the next couple years in the region.
Well the first question is exactly.
It's Syria as you said when -- -- -- go and what about those 5000.
All Qaeda linked to parties in Syria what do they do next we've been we've United States present Obama been pretty.
Passive on that.
And then the Iranian nuclear program will the president when you -- prevent them he said in Israel again and you know my policy is prevention and get a stop them.
And Israelis have to decide whether they can truly trust that.
Or have to take this into their own hands I think -- you know -- a few steps forward on this trip.
What would you really bet the security and future of your country on this or would you ask yourself that question.
Still faces Israelis and a couple of speeches -- gonna change that you know will the United States back a preemptive attack by the Israelis Elliott Abrams always great to see this morning.
-- was -- talk show we appreciate it.
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