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    • JAKE
    • 29.09.09 | 09:34 (IST)

    President Obama has shown his support for Israel in many ways, more than his US predecessors. During his electoral campaign, he came to Israel, visited the Wailing Wall, the Yad Vashem memorial, even Sderot. Then, when elected he immediately chose a Jewish, Israeli raised Chief of Cabinet, Rahm Emanuel. He made a Passover Seder at the White House, a first for an American president. He spoke more openly about Arab states having to recognize Israel than any US chief of State during his Cairo speech. The problem is that, all this privileged attention he was giving to Israel at a time of global crisis was clear to the eyes of the whole world, but not to the eyes of most Israelis who seemed to be mistrusting his basic intentions, joining in the right wing paranoia over Obama's new style and tone of governance. At a serious time like this, when the world not just Israel, is feeling the heat of the Iranian threat, it would be smart for Israelis not to pull the cover only to their side.

    from the article: Facing Iran with Obama
    First published 01:27 29.09.09 | Last updated 08:39 29.09.09
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