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Tom Friedman, the Obama administration and the "let them stew in their own juices" agrement

I remember Tom Friedman from the Madrid peace talks in Washington in the early 1990s.  An up-and-coming Israeli politician named Benjamin Netanyahu was the briefer at the Israeli delegation's daily press conferences at the Madison Hotel.  Dozens of reports fought to get Bibi's attention every afternoon, usually unsuccessfully,  but Tom would stand in the back, seemly above the melee; the merest nod from the New York Times diplomatic correspondent would cause Netanyahu to stop what he was saying and give him the next question.

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