Guess who's coming to town....President Hussein Obama is going to visit Israel for the first time as President in the spring. Obama is trying to 'jump start' the non-existent 'peace process.'
“The start of the President’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.
He pointed to Iran and Syria but did not mention the Palestinians.
The trip, however, is widely seen as an effort by Obama to kick-start a moribund peace process between Israelis and Palestinians amidst other roiling regional concerns, such as the Arab Spring and Iran nuclear program.
Vietor said further details about the trip, including the dates, would be released at a later time.Well, what a shock. Passover is March 25 - April 1, which means that all those religious Jews who would otherwise come out to demonstrate against Hussein Obama may have better things to do with their time. In fact, it might even be that he'll come the week before when we'll be really busy.
Israeli media reports, however, have identified late March as the expected arrival time. Channel 10 reported that the visit will take place as part of a regional tour also expected to take Obama to Ankara, Riyadh, Cairo and Ramallah.
But if he comes during Passover, the traffic will be a nightmare in Jerusalem - worse than usual.
Since Obama will come here, it is less likely that Netanyahu will travel to Washington for the annual AIPAC policy conference in early March, an opportunity Israeli prime minister's usually use to meet with the US president.
That visit, however, was already in doubt because of the possibility that Netanyahu may not have a new government in place by the conference, which begins March 3.I heard reports on Monday night or Tuesday morning that the Prime Minister would not be going to Washington in March.
By the way, Tzipi Livni is thrilled about this trip.
What could go wrong?