Obama has been vocal about the economy but quiet about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “‘It seems clear he’s just cherry-picking those things that serve his purpose and staying as far away from Middle East troubles as he can,’ said G. Calvin Mackenzie, a professor of government at Colby College in Maine. ‘Come January 21, he’s going to have to deal with some of these issues. But politically, there’s no good news there. There’s no benefit in him getting involved with that sooner than he has to.'”