Resurrecting Obama's Reputation in the Middle East

If Obama’s speech on Thursday can build the trust quotient missing in his relationship with the Israeli people, the positive change in public opinion towards the president will earn him critical leverage over Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Witnessing Air Force One touch down at Ben Gurion Airport is a big deal for Israelis. The imperial majesty of that giant powder blue 747, and all the pomp and circumstance associated with it, sends a clear message that Israel's most important backer is about to step on to the Holy Land and from there to ascend to Jerusalem. And that inevitably generates high expectations that something dramatic is about to...