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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ONLY VISIT ISRAEL IF HE IS ELECTED FOR SECOND TERM
July 24 2012
Washington, D.C. – Despite getting that vast majority of the Jewish-American vote in the last election, in 76 percent range, many people including Jewish leaders have tried to paint Barack Obama as being anti-Israel. Though he has met with Israeli leaders on multiple occasions and even given the Medal of Freedom to President Shimon Peres the perception seems to dog him.
That portrait of the President may be due, at least in part, to his seeming reluctance to actually visit Israel. Though he has certainly been very busy during his time in office Obama has found time to visit many other nations, but not Israel, leading to an assumption that he simply doesn’t like the country.
Obama himself has denied that and actually made very vocal statements in support of Israel but still the perception exists. Now it appears Obama is ready to finally silence critics once and for all and actually visit the Jewish state but only if the American people decide to elect him to a second term. Only then will he actually visit the country which has, presumably, longed to have him on their shores, a move that may indeed cinch the election for the President.
“We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be elected,” said Colin Kahl, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East.
It’s not clear what exactly Kahl does now that puts him in a position to speak for the President and his future actions and activities but he’s gone and done it anyway.
Mitt Romney has said that if elected his first international trip will be to Israel despite them likely not wanting him and him getting almost none of the Jewish vote.
Traditional first visits are to Canada, the nation’s most important strategic and trading partner in the world.
“It is kind of funny that Obama hasn’t actually taken a trip to Israel. It may have a lot to do with security concerns but to be fair there really isn’t ever a time when there aren’t security concerns in Israel so that’s hardly an excuse,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “In the end one has to really wonder if it even matters at all if he actually visits. I mean it’s nice to get a Presidential visit to be sure but it really doesn’t affect anything whatsoever so not going is not really all that big a deal. Actually it probably isn’t even a small deal, it’s probably nothing really.”
Obama has visited Israel in the past just not as President.
“I doubt it will honestly have an effect on the election either way. It’s nice that he has promised to go if he is re-elected but anyone who votes for him based on that and that alone, well, they are probably morons. Besides, it’s not like he’s going to lose the Jewish vote not going, not with Romney the other option,” continued Kinsey. “He probably should hold things like that hostage because it does look bad but overall it’s not going to have a major impact on things I would bet. It may not even have a minor impact honestly. I fact everyone may already have forgotten about it.”
Obama made no promises about helping Israel any more if he is elected though that can probably be assumed.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent