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March 22, 2013 1:20 pm

Obama Hugs Netanyahu as he Departs Israel

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for photos at the PM's resident March 20, 2013.

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Barack Obama’s first visit to Israel as the President of the United States has concluded after a whirlwind 52-hours. The president is now in Jordan. After a brief lunch meeting at Ben Gurion International Airport with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he was escorted to his plane by the two leaders. Most media and dignitaries weren’t on hand for the departure, as it was a muted affair because of heavy winds and dust storms.

In perhaps the most poignant moment of his trip, Obama hugged Netanyahu as they said goodbye. Obama also reserved a hug for US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and his children.

If Israel’s media is anything to go by, Obama’s visit was a rousing success. But now that he is gone, as one presenter on the country’s Channel 2 station pointed out, Israel is still left with the same problems it had before the trip.

For more on President Obama’s trip to Israel read about his arrival here; his press conference Wednesday with Prime Minister  Netanyahu here; his speech to the Israeli public here; his meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas here; and his final day in the Holy Land here.

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  • Hugs Bibi, but stabs the State, and people of Israel in the back. Netanyahu’s days as PM are numbered! Nothing good will come from this apology. “Smiling faces tell lies.”

  • Salomon

    Obama should be awarded by Hollywood the Oscar for best actor. Excellent performance in any role!

    ” one presenter on the country’s Channel 2 station pointed out, Israel is still left with the same problems it had before the trip.” This guy is brainless, what did he expected? He believed Obama was the Massiach?

  • Emjo

    Brief lunch meeting at the airport? For real? At the airport? The way Obama is posing, it looks like a “photo op.” I don’t know, I think he just did this fly-by stop just because he has not been there and didn’t want Israel to be left out and then off to make appearances elsewhere. I don’t get sincerity in this.

  • After the President of the U.S., visited Israel to try to make peace betweem the Israelis and the Arabs, they through rackets On the Israeli. It is prove that the Arabs don’t want peace.

  • Just remember OBAMA gave an antisemitic toast to Rashid Khalidi who worked for the PLO whose Charter demands the murder of six million Jews…Which was more sincere: the public hug or the private toast?