Obama’s 2-day schedule in Israel/Palestine: 3 hours in Ramallah, 45 hours celebrating the special relationship

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The following schedule is from Ynet. Note Obama will discuss Jonathan Pollard and “lay a wreath on Herzl’s tomb as a gesture to Zionism” before spending a morning in Ramallah:

Obama is scheduled to land in Ben Gurion International Airport around noon on Wednesday, March 20.

He will be welcomed by a State reception which will include speeches by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by the American president himself.

Obama will then fly to Jerusalem directly to Peres’ residence where he’ll again be ceremoniously received.

He will continue with Peres and Netanyahu to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.

The next stop will be Mount Herzl, where Obama will lay a wreath on Herzl’s tomb as a gesture to Zionism. Obama will continue to Yitzhak Rabin’s tomb, laying a wreath there as well.

In the afternoon the entourage will arrive at the prime minister’s house, where Netanyahu and Obama will meet with small delegations to discuss issues such as Iran, Syria, the peace process and Jonathan Pollard.

Following the meeting a joint press conference will be held, after which the two and their staff will dine together.

The following morning Obama will depart for Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Obama will return to Jerusalem by noon, when he will be taken by Netanyahu to examine a model of Second Temple Period Jerusalem.

They will continue to the Shrine of the Book, where Netanyahu will show him the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The American President will continue to see an exhibition in the Israel Museum, which will show Israel’s latest developments in high-tech, bio-tech, nanotechnology and agriculture.

In the afternoon Obama will address Israelis in a public speech in the Israel Museum or in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The Americans have requested the presence of at least 1,000 Israelis.

Later, Obama will be hosted for a ceremonial dinner by Peres.

Friday, March 22, Obama will breakfast with Netanyahu in his home or in King David Hotel.

The two will go to visit an Iron Dome battery, where Obama will meet with the soldiers manning the battery.

At 13:00 a farewell ceremony will take place in the International Airport, from which the president will depart to meet King Abdullah in Jordan.

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  1. talknic
    February 12, 2013, 12:38 pm

    Correction : Obama’s 2-day schedule in Israel/Palestine: 3 hours in Ramallah, 45 hours keeping Palestine hidden from Oboma

  2. Bill in Maryland
    February 12, 2013, 1:04 pm

    An itinerary most of which could have been lifted from the Birthright tour organizers. At least, please let him experience the Qalandia checkpoint on his way to Ramallah, and by all means let President Obama meet some of the fine young Israelis that Max Blumenthal interviewed in Tel Aviv in 2009.

    • Kathleen
      February 13, 2013, 9:05 am

      Obama was knocked down flat by Netanyahu and team during his first administration. Clearly he is staying there. Pathetic just pathetic

  3. Woody Tanaka
    February 12, 2013, 1:10 pm

    At what point does Netanyahu bring out the donkey?? Because it seems to be the only thing missing.

  4. eljay
    February 12, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Looks like they forgot to schedule time for donkey-fellating. Unless that’s part of being “ceremoniously received” at Peres’ house… ;-)

    >> He will continue with Peres and Netanyahu to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.

    Ah, yes, he shouldn’t be permitted to forget to “Remember the Holocaust!”™

  5. DICKERSON3870
    February 12, 2013, 2:50 pm

    ● RE: “Obama will . . . ‘lay a wreath on Herzl’s tomb as a gesture to Zionism’ . . .” ~ Adam Horowitz

    ● MY COMMENT: What?!?! I can’t believe that Obama will not also have a wreath for the grave of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Cemetery! That’s outrageous! ! ! What an unforgivable insult to Revisionist Zionism and the Likud (or Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu) party!
    The Secret Service had better be on high alert!

    ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Betar]:

    (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
    . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[8]. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betar

    ● ALSO SEE: “The Hidden History of Zionism”, Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

    [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
    When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies – at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.marxists.de/middleast/schoenman/ch06.htm

    ● P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
    • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshirts
    • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97nSCWU_hXQ

    ● AND RE: “When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs [the Sturmabteilung(SA) – J.L.D.]” ~ Schoenman (from above)
    • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Sturmabteilung] – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmabteilung
    • AND SEE THIS VIDEO: Rise of the Nazis, DiscoveryTV [VIDEO, 04:15] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2YEUhHFMHY
    • AND SEE THIS VIDEO: The Night of the Long Knives [VIDEO, 04:45] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mci4fAV1Wto
    • AND SEE THIS PHOTO: Hitler and Hermann Göring with SA stormtroopers at Nuremberg in 1928.- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cc/Hitler_1928_crop.jpg
    • AND SEE THIS PHOTO: The SA not only instigated street violence against Jews, Communists and Socialists, it also enforced boycotts against Jewish-owned business, such as this one in Berlin on 1 April 1933.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_102-14468,_Berlin,_NS-Boykott_gegen_j%C3%BCdische_Gesch%C3%A4fte_crop.jpg

  6. Abdul-Rahman
    February 12, 2013, 6:18 pm

    I am actually a little bit “surprised” Obama fellating a donkey isn’t officially included on the “itinerary”!

  7. Ramzi Jaber
    February 12, 2013, 6:35 pm

    Certainly a fair and balanced schedule as any unbiased intermediary would do!!!!

    Just remember the AIPAC/Zionist/Neocon strategy: call him an anti-Semite Moslem terrorist lover and he’ll OVERCOMPENSATE. Exhibit A: the above schedule. Exhibit B: Hagel.


  8. Carowhat
    February 12, 2013, 7:35 pm

    I have often wondered how our “special relationship” with Israel came about. It wasn’t established by treaty. Yet it seems to supersede our relationships with Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada and Mexico.

    It’s not because the U.S. and Israel have common origins or similar founding philosophies. As far as I can tell, the earliest reference to any special relationship innocently started when President Kennedy used the phrase in some welcoming remarks for Golda Meir. And that casual beginning has become some sort of Magna Carta which makes our politicians fall over each other to show the most craven obeisance whenever an Israeli leader drops into town.

    I just don’t understand why our congress is so obsequious. I recently read that 80% of the questions at Hagel’s confirmation hearing had to do with Israel. Don’t our senators and congressmen know that in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky ordinary working class Americans are watching these hearings and saying, “What the hell is going on? I’ve been out of work for 5 years and all congress cares about is Israel???

  9. flyod
    February 12, 2013, 10:11 pm

    standing ovation for israel during state of the union this evening. no hope in obama, none

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