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Israel outflanks 'naive Obama' in peace talks

Damien McElroy

Published 12/03/2010 | 05:00

US Vice-President Joseph Biden, centre, meeting American and Israeli troops yesterday
US Vice-President Joseph Biden, centre, meeting American and Israeli troops yesterday

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, basked in the glow of great praise on Tuesday morning from Joseph Biden, the US vice-president and the man a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in world.

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By the time the two men sat down to dinner with their radiant wives in Jerusalem, the goodwill had turned to ashes in their mouths.

There can scarcely have been a sharper change in tone in the diplomatic history of two close allies over the course of a single day.

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