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    Re: Obama to Visit Israel, First Time as President......

    Obama to waste little time in renewing full-court-press on Israel.....

    Today came news that (1) John Kerry made lengthy phone calls to Israeli and Palestinian leaders even before starting work at the State Department on Monday and (2) President Obama will visit Israel in March or April. No one should doubt that, as in Obama’s first term, brow-beating Israel into making concessions to the Palestinians will form the core of the Obama-Kerry outreach. As Groucho Marx said, in Horse Feathers, when explaining why he was offering a pep talk to the opposing team, “my team won’t listen to me.” The Palestinians don’t listen to Obama; Israel must, to some degree.

    So much hackery in so few words. First, Kerry fails to explain why he believes a door or window is open, given the other futility of the “peace process” during Obama’s first term. Second, he fails to explain why it would close if not entered right now. Third, he fails to explain why the negation of a two-state solution would be disastrous.

    Presumably, Israel understands that Kerry — who not long ago believed the “way forward” to a two-state solution consisted of enlisting Bashar al-Assad — is a fool. And presumably, Israel understands that President Obama — having, in his latest affront, nominated the anti-Israel Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense — is its adversary.

    Certainly, Obama has made it clear that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s popular Prime Minister, is his adversary. As the Times of Israel recounts:

    According to Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama had lately begun repeating the mantra that Israel under Netanyahu “doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Goldberg added that, as regards Netanyahu’s handling of the Palestinians, “the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise.”

    If he really believes that Netanyahu is a hopeless coward and a fool, the logical move for Obama would be to stop beating his head against that wall. But the combination of leftist ideology and personal pride has drawn Obama back into the fray. So Netanyahu will once against have to weather the storm of a president who despises him and has little use for his State.....snip~

    Obama to waste little time in renewing full-court-press on Israel | Power Line
    Posted on February 5, 2013 by Paul Mirengoff in Israel, Middle East, Obama Foreign Policy <<<<< More here!

    So much for those on the left thinking Obama's visit to Israel is a whole lot of Rosie.....huh?

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    Re: Obama to Visit Israel, First Time as President......

    In a way, sort of. Iran and NK seem to be helping each other with construction of nukes. Both countries are working hard on delivery systems and both have tested missiles recently.

    Obviously, Iran the country is more on the minds of the ME countries but there certainly are links.

    SK is totally a US ally and they are the ones most threatened by NK. Israel is a less reliable ally and more independent than SK.

    Really, I was just trying to answer the OP. Obama was unfriendly to Israel last term. Since he's already re-elected, he has no reason to suck up to Israel for brownie points. So, I think he's there for serious discussion of a potentially terrible situation. One Iran has their bombs, we'll have to make a tough decision and Israel will be very much affected.






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    Well I can see him talking about Iran.. Do you think the Palestinians and the Jordanians will be that much concerned about NK?

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    Re: Obama to Visit Israel, First Time as President......

    I don't see it as anything more than what has become normal for US Presidents - that being, in a second term Presidents tend to look outwardly towards foreign policy issues as they try to mold a legacy. Besides, the more time Obama spends outside your country, outside the Western Hemisphere, is pretty good in my books.

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    Re: Obama to Visit Israel, First Time as President......

    No matter what Obama does in the ME it will be a complete and utter failure.

    It's not Obama that is failing though.
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    Re: Obama to Visit Israel, First Time as President......

    I'm kind of surprised to learn this is his first trip to Israel in 4 years. Then again, Bush2 only went twice (from what I can find), and at the very end of his 2nd term, at that.
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