I am not going to write very much about President Obama's trip. Many people have done it with probably more interest and detail than I have. And with more passion either for or against his failures, successes and gaffes. He said some things that the Arabs like, the far left likes and some things that they hated and some things fairly neutral to everyone else. He spoke to 'his base' – college students (some of them, not the college students who live in Yesha) and chanted the things that college students like to hear. The limo broke down, there was a sandstorm, he met Ms. Israel and smiled from beneath the giant face of Yasser Arafat. He memorized a sentence of Hebrew. He called for a 'contiguous Palestinian state', a direct quote. He said Jews living in Yesha is bad. He mentioned 2-5 rockets attacking Sderot. Syria's red lines are now orange. Something vague and contradictory about Iran which is still a huge problem. Hamas is now different from Hezbollah. Traffic got snarled up. Expectations were low and everyone met those goals.
What's obvious now is that no one cares about the “Palestinians”. It's a blip. Not even the "Palestinians" appear to have any goal or strategic objective; and if they do it doesn't involve Obama despite his words about the peace process or whatever. Obama can make pronouncements about Jews who are not suffered to live in Jerusalem but few people are listening. In fact the only people who are, are HERE in the US. The goal of Obama's trip might be purely for domestic consumption. The Jewish Democrats, represented by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz might be the target. Obama is appeasing them. The New York Times, the pro Obama media, Talking Points Memo and twitteratti. Those might be the point of this. Of course the far fringes of the Obamazone aren't buying it either.
Yesterday Peter Beinart on “Hardball” said he doesn't believe Obama can free himself from the sway of the uber-Jews and he doesn't believe that the uber-Jews won't cause World War 3 in an unprovoked attack on the peaceful peace loving Persians of Peace who of course don't even know what an atomic bomb is, let alone build one. Never mind they were saying they'll nuke the Jews – while Obama was there – that's clearly one of those "mistranslations" we hear so much about. So not even the fringes of the Obamasphere were appeased by this. But on the whole I suspect the point was us here, not them over there. The DNC can say that Obama is the King of the Jews and everyone else gets to shrug.