U.S. President Obama's visit to Israel brings with it many amusing public diplomacy videos, which are being disseminated by the Israeli embassy in Washington DC and the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. Both Israeli and American diplomats are trying to cast aside the differences and disagreements and are hoping that their message of an unshakeable U.S.-Israeli alliance will go viral on the Internet.
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The Israeli embassy in Washington DC has produced an animated video portraying the meeting and press conference President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu are scheduled to hold in Jerusalem on Wednesday night under the title "Ultimate Allies." The soundtrack of the video, for those of you who were born after 1990, comes from the American sitcom "The Golden Girls."
The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv has produced a clip of its own, titled "Welcome, Obama." The American diplomats went to Tel Aviv's Carmel Market and the city's sunny beaches, and took shots of Israelis congratulating the president in Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian.
Obama is due to arrive for his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday in an effort to improve a sometimes rocky relationship with both sides.
During his two-day trip the president will hold separate talks with both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He is not expected to bring forth a new Palestinian peace initiative and will spend most of his time in Israel.
However, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is joining Obama on his visit, is set to have dinner with Netanyahu after the president leaves to discuss resuming the peace process.