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After sitting on the sidelines, now it’s too late for Obama to influence Israel

ALAN BERGER raises an important subject (“Obama ought to meddle in Israeli vote,” Op-ed, Jan. 4). Every past US president since Jimmy Carter has at one point or another sought to interfere in an Israeli election or comparable leadership struggle.

Berger is correct that President Obama appears unlikely to intervene in Israel’s upcoming elections set for Jan. 22. He is also correct that carefully crafted gestures by Obama, such as a timely visit to Israel, could have helped moderate Israel’s next government by nudging a few extra coalition seats toward the center-left and away from the far-right.

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