The presidential visit: Mr. Obama comes a-courtin’
Obama’s visit is a soap opera: he wants to proclaim his love, persuade Israelis to let bygones be bygones and entice them over to his side. It is a mirror image of his recent political tactics in the U.S. as well.
Thomas Friedman agitated many a news editor this week with his column “Mr. Obama goes to Israel.” The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is no longer a necessity for American policy makers, Friedman wrote, but more of a hobby, to indulge in whenever they’re in the mood. The President, Friedman wrote, is going to Israel as “a tourist.”
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