Obama set to visit Israel this spring

In early December Phil posted a tip we received that President Obama would be traveling to Israel and one other country during his second term. This story has been confirmed today as White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Obama will travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this spring although he declined to give an exact date. Carney said it would give Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to “discuss the way forward” on Iran and Syria among other issues.

Israel’s Channel 10 is reporting Obama’s three-day visit is planned to begin March 20, and that the trip will also include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan. The JTA adds that new Secretary of State John Kerry will also be visiting Israel in March as well.

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  1. Dan Crowther says:

    Autocrats of the world, Unite!

  2. Citizen says:

    I hope the illegal Jewish-Israeli settlers from places like NYC don’t shoot Obama or Kerry.

  3. just says:

    Thank you Adam.

    I often wish I would see a headline declaring that a US diplomat (or President) would be visiting the Occupied folks in Palestine.

    One day, perhaps.

  4. dbroncos says:

    Netanyahu will encourage his fellow Knessett members to be on their best behavior (no booing) for Obama’s visit since he will no doubt be submitting his list of requests/demands for additional cash and arms from American tax payers. The Peace Prize Winner will also be bringing his glad tidings and kiss of death to Abu Mazen in the West Bank. What a cruel joke! In addition to having his picture taken with yet another POTUS who is finacing the ongoing destruction of the Palestinian nation, Abu Mazen will be offering up his visage as a Palestinian stamp of approval for the visit of a President that will entail an even more extreme security detail of Israeli soldiers who will make the already torturous routines of Palestinian travel and commerce that much more difficult.

    • sardelapasti says:

      dbroncos: “Netanyahu will encourage his fellow Knessett members to be on their best behavior (no booing) for Obama’s visit since he will no doubt be submitting his list of requests/demands for additional cash and arms from American tax payers.”

      Needless. He may as well have the whole Kenesseth spit on Obama and bury him under rotten veggies; he’ll get what he wants every time. After all, he’s gotten away with much worse.

      • Carowhat says:

        What a strange state off affairs. When Netanyahu addresses the US Congress they give him 29 standing O’s. When Obama goes to address the Knessett Netanyahu has to beg the members not to boo the US president.

        It is clear who holds the upper hand in this relationship. Obama is so picky about slights and insults with everyone else yet he allows Netanyahu to treat him like his not-too-bright serving boy.

  5. NickJOCW says:

    Were I Netanyahu I might be a shade nervous of deus descending ex machina to sort out the mess.

    • lysias says:

      Normally the U.S. demands a substantial Secret Service presence during presidential trips abroad, even to close allies like Britain. I wonder if the Obama administration will have the guts to demand that Israel allow such a substantial presence.

  6. Chu says:

    I could see Netanyahu announcing that he is going to build another 6000 homes the week before the President arrives. Recall how Biden talked about how he and Bibi were good old friends, as Netanyahu and friends humiliated Biden on his trip to Israel with plans of 1600 housing units in March of 2010. Shas took the heat for it ultimately, but they’re all part of the same coalition, to kill the peace process wherever there are signs of progress.

    Now that Palestine is a recognized state in the UN, has there been any progress with international law working for them? Has it curtailed Israel’s occupational tendencies?

    • Bumblebye says:

      Such a cynic you are!
      No, he’ll wait until the plane door closes (when Obama leaves), then announce x thousand new ‘Jewish’ homes to be built in Palestine!

    • Citizen says:

      @ Chu

      Palestine is not a fully-recognized state, such as Israel is, but rather, it now has “observer status” like the Vatican–except this Palestine does not even have a handful of 15th Century axe guards in pantaloons to protect it. But that status open up Israeli vulnerability of Israeli officials to international criminal court jurisdiction, yes?

    • American says:

      Perhaps O is going to tell them that the ICC looms and there is little the US can do about it.

  7. a blah chick says:

    Anyone want to predict how many standing ovations he’ll get?

  8. Walid says:

    I wonder how many standing ovations he’d be getting in the Knesset. Now that he’s been reelected, will he still have to visit the wall and the memorial?

  9. lysias says:

    I think I heard on the radio this morning that Carney said that Obama had made a commitment to make this visit during his 2012 campaign. I don’t remember hearing about such a commitment, just the report here. I take it he did not make the commitment publicly?

  10. radii says:

    if he doesn’t go to East Jerusalem to stand in front of a home with the Palestinian family forced out by the zionists then it is a wasted trip

    • dbroncos says:

      The only reason I can think of for the Peace Prize Winner/Merchant of Death’s visit to the West Bank is so that he can tell Abu Mazen to his face that seeking observer state status for Palestine is “counterproductive”.

  11. sandhillexit says:

    I would suggest a follow-on to his Cairo speech. He should make it at the Friends High School in Ramallah. He should explain his vision of a civil society that can accommodate modernity and equality before the law. He should recommend the American innovation of a separation of church and state so that all groups who live in the Jordan Valley can fulfill their religious requirements while being good neighbors to each other. He should explain that this will require a special commitment to public integrity otherwise it won’t work for long. He should talk about the progress the US has made just in the last 65 years toward fulfilling such a vision. He should tell the Palestinians that they are the best placed to lead the Middle East, by example, toward that kind of society. He should tell them how important their example will be to war-torn states around them. And he should tell them that the US and Europe want them to succeed.

    He should ask to visit Abraham’s tomb in Hebron and take a walk through the old streets.

    He should go and visit Nasser Abufarha’s olive oil co-op near Jenin (Canaan Fair Trade). According to the scientists at UC Davis the anti-inflammatory chemicals (oleocanthal) in their newest Rumi crop are off-the-charts. The Palestinian grandmas could have told you that it treats arthritis and prevents heart disease. Organic, fair-trade and righteous.

    He should make a trip to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which offers young people from all three states, Jordan, Israel and Palestine a way to work together on the problems of the environment – air, water, plants and animals – that they all must share.

    well, he could…..

  12. Sumud says:

    Waiting for Obama to visit the wall and declare like Reagan “tear down that wall”…

  13. mcohen says:

    valley of tears and obama,s visit

    in 1976 i spent a few weeks in israel stayed on a kibbutz and picked bananas like a good monkey,18 years old and just out of high school.
    anyway i did a day trip with an israeli from the kibbutz and some friends.on the way back we stopped at this memorial on the golan heights.it was pieces of tanks and other battlefield equipment welded together.the whole area was nothing but ground and small hills,no trees -it was lifeless.i asked the israeli what happened here and i will never forget his answer-terrible things he replied
    when the arab spring started i decided to do some research to try to understand what was happening in the middle east and then the civil war broke out in syria and i came across this in wikipedia
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    the article is worth reading because one can get an idea of what it took for jews ,israeli jews mostly,to take back a land that was once ours.
    america and russia each backed there man and israel was the last man standing at the end of the day.
    with that victory came a debt and after iraq more so
    russia is pulling out of syria and assad whose father ruled at the time is facing expulsion.mubarak is gone
    obama is coming in spring (without a peace plan) and a debt will have to be paid-obviously the gas and oil discovered in israel will come up for discussion but what of the arabs called palestinians -what will they get
    now is the time for settlements-not in the west bank-but with america and with the palestinians.