“How would Obama’s speech play in Ramallah?,” which was written by Jerusalem Post Senior Correspondant Herb Keinon shortly after Obama’s speech yesterday in Jerusalem, captures a lot of my feelings and lingering questions about his visit. So, I’m just going to repost it here.
Rating: Sh*t is complicated.
I’d love your thoughts on this piece and Obama’s visit in general.
yeah, well… you could say that his speech was preaching to the choir – but let’s look at this through in light of the underlying cause for his visit here: to show that the American-Israeli ties have never been stronger, and that there’s no bad blood between our two leaders.
The speech served that cause perfectly. Had he given his speech in Ramallah, it might not have been as welcomed… but it’s irrelevant because it was given in Jerusalem. Obama doesn’t need the direct support of the Israeli people – he wants Netanyahu to feel the public supports him in working with Obama.
having said that – here’s an interesting post I came across today, for your Hebrew literate readers: http://eishton.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/obama/
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