This info is sourced anonymously so take it as you will. But what rings true is the monumental hubris of Obama in his dealings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the refusal to realize the consequences of what he is proposing.
Obama has reportedly told close aides and allies that he does not believe Netanyahu will ever be willing to make the kind of big concessions that will lead to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu, for his part, has complained that Obama has pushed Israel too far - a point poignantly expressed during what has been described as a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where Netanyahu reacted angrily to the president's plan to endorse Israel's pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.
The prime minister's associates said that he "desperately wants" Obama to use the diplomatic muscle of the US to protect Israel from the coming unilateral statehood bid the Palestinians plan for September; not only by vetoing in the Security Council, but also by leaning hard on Washington's European allies to get them to reject it as well.
Obama has indicated that he will certainly do the first, but it remains unclear how far he will go to persuade the UK, France and other US allies to join the White House in rejecting the move.
Of course, the biggest concession either side could make would be for the Palestinians to recognize that their partner in peace has a right to exist. But Obama apparently doesn't care if that fundamental issue is addressed by the Palestinians - or that any concessions of any consequence come from the Palestinian side at all.
Unwittingly, Obama is creating the conditions for another war. His abandonment of Israel will embolden her enemies, contribute even more to Palestinian intransigence, and perhaps even set off another Intifada. What must other US allies in the region and around the world think?