February 12, 2013
Obama, Make Israel Feel Special Again
Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg
To the Israelis, Obama needs to say two things at once. The first is simple: He needs to tell Israelis that he loves them. President Bill Clinton understood the value of telling an isolated and widely despised people that he was on their side. In this speech, and especially during his visit, Obama could go a long way toward demonstrating similar sympathy. The second message is more difficult: Obama needs to tell the Israelis that, because he loves them, he is worried about their behavior.
TAGGED: Middle East, State of the Union, Barack Obama, Israel, Palestinians, Palestine