Israel’s refusal to accept Obama’s proposal to halt settlements on the West Bank (but not in East Jerusalem) for three months in return for unprecedented promises—or bribes, according to columnist Thomas Friedman, who is not known for sympathy to the Arabs—confirmed that Obama is unable to exert any real pressure on Israel and that Netanyahu rejects any compromise. ... This deadlock is forcing the Israeli army to draw up plans for further wars based on the "security concept"—that anyone who refuses to accept Israel’s rule in the region is a "terrorist" to be eliminated.