Israelis saw and heard the real Barack Obama last week, not the caricature displayed last fall on billboards along Interstate 95. The real Barack Obama told Israelis what they wanted to hear and what they needed to hear.
The president delivered his main address in Jerusalem not at the Knesset, as paralyzed by ideology as Congress, but at the International Convention Center before 2,000 students. How did he do? “Israel is in love” headlined a commentary in the newspaper Yedioth Aronoth. A columnist for Ha’aretz said, “This is not the same country after this speech.” Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, wrote in Ma’ariv that Mr. Obama “left Israel a stronger nation than he found it.”
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