Thawing Tension Between Obama And Netanyahu Is A Welcome Relief For Israelis

U.S. President Barack Obama poses with Israeli defense personnel as he views an Iron Dome battery with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport, March 20, 2013.Photo by Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama poses with Israeli defense personnel as he views an Iron Dome battery with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport, March 20, 2013.   Photo by Reuters

It was hot and humid Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport, but the atmosphere mattered more than the weather. When the door of Air Force One opened, Barack Obama leapt forth and attacked. He did everything in the book to show Israelis that the president was in love with them.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also did everything to show warmth and friendship toward his guest from Washington. He fell on the president’s shoulders as if he had found a long lost brother. The disputes, the tensions and the suspicions were set aside. Mitt Romney? Who remembers him?

Obama, who looked loose and relaxed as ever, hugged Netanyahu and said to President Shimon Peres, “How are you, my friend? Good to see you.” Later he joked to Netanyahu that it was good to get away from Congress, the same Congress Netanyahu has often used to pressure the U.S. president.

Twenty ministers waited on the red carpet for their turn to shake the president’s hand. Obama looked like someone who had come on a mission and had memorized basic details about certain ministers, especially the new ones.

Read the whole story at Haaretz

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