March 18, 2013


Blowie flies to the Middle East this week, including a stop in Israel, the first visit of his presidency.

Don't be fooled into thinking that Blowie has suddenly decided to stand with Israel.  Headlines going into the trip say things like "White House lowers expectations ahead of Obama's Middle East Trip".  This, my friends, isn't going to be a Carter-esque peace talk trip.   This trip is nothing more than a trademark series of Obama photo ops.
The centerpiece of Obama's visit will be a speech in Jerusalem to an audience mainly of Israeli students. It's part of the president's effort to appeal to the Israeli public, particularly young people.
He will make several cultural stops in the region. They include the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem; the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a revered site for Christians; and an Iron Dome battery, part of the missile defense system for which the U.S. has helped pay.
Traveling to the West Bank, Obama will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. Obama and Fayyad will visit a Palestinian youth center, another attempt to reach the region's young people.
No stop at the Western Wall - but, hey Jack, he's on the ground less than 48 hours, no time for that kind of thing.  Tourist stops and speeches to kids - and it is no wonder. According to a recent poll outlined in Politico, he's not a very popular guy:
A new poll of Israelis conducted by Maagar Mohot Institute and Israeli daily Maariv found that 38 percent believe he is hostile to Israel and 14 percent believe he is indifferent. Only a third think he is supportive.
In addition, Obama is facing steep unfavorable ratings in the country, the poll found. Some 32 percent said they don't like him but respect him, 19 percent view him unfavorably and 17 percent have a highly unfavorable opinion of him.
Perhaps the most daunting number for Obama in the poll: Only 10 percent view him favorably.
It bears repeating, especially with that 10% approval number - I stand with Israel.


CenTexTim said...

It would be too much to hope for a palestinian rocket attack while he's there...

InsomniacSeeker said...

Maybe Syria will misfire on Lebanon....
I see Harper, you're picking up Si's signature saying. If you start carrying around a plastic cup and gallon jug of "tea", we'll have to have a little talk. :)
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