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July 23, 2012 2:49 pm

Obama to Visit Israel During Second Term if Re-Elected to Presidency

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Barack Obama in Israel in 2008. Photo: http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com.

President Obama plans to travel to Israel in his second term if elected, a campaign aide told the press on Monday.

“We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be elected,” said Colin Kahl, who served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East from 2009 to 2011.

Since being elected to the Oval Office in 2008, Obama has been criticized for not visiting Israel by many, including former U.N. ambassador John Bolton.

“Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he has had time to do more fundraisers than any other first-term American president, has probably played more rounds of golf than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower, and yet he has not had time to fit into his busy schedule even one trip to Israel,” Bolton told Aaron Klein on WABC Radio on Monday.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Israel during a trip later this week to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other Israeli officials. President Obama visited the Jewish state in 2008, during his time in the U.S. Senate.

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  • Mendi Scharfman

    Suggested apt campaign slogan for Obama: A Vote Gets
    a Visit.

    It would be insulting to collective Jewish intelligence
    if it we gave a damn.

  • A REAL American

    This is one campaign promise that NO ONE ASKED FOR and that NO ONE WANTS HIM TO KEEP.

    Hopefully, the next time he plans on leaving the US it will be as a private citizen.

  • Rivkah

    He should stay home.

  • kevobx

    Who is Israel’s twin brother? Thou is the white man’s name in the scriptures. (Psalm109:6) *Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. *Jeremiah 49:10 But I have Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not. *Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother. *1st John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. *Genesis 25:23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. *1st Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,… The answer is *Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God.

    • Saidi

      Israel has NO twin brother.

      THERE IS ONLY ONE (1) ISRAEL, the country and its people.

  • Frida Simms

    Mr.Obama is not welcome in Israel.

    • The president ofthe United States is always welcome in the Jewish State, because he is the elected president of the United States. I may not like his politics, and he does not like our politics, but that is not the issue. For the sake of five million Jews who live under the juridiction of this president, the Jewish State must honor him, pay him the tribute for being the president of the country which ratified the San Remo protocol, did more than most to save Jews, and allowed Jews to live freely in a an antisemitic world.

      • Saidi

        The Jewish State of Israel may welcome the U.S. President but it is the office of the U.S. President that is welcomed in the current instance.

        This has not occurred during these last 3-1/2 years). It is difficult for a closet muslim to bring himself to Israel when he and his rhetoric detrimental to Israel’s security and existence have gone too far against the Jewish State.

        Obama will not come because he may think he’d be treated with the same disrespect he showed Israel’s Prime Minister.

        And, after playing fast and loose and callously issuing statements detrimental to Israel’s security and the welfare of it’s people, he still sees it unnecessary because he thinks he has the U.S. Jewish voted locked in.

        A reason to come:

        If Obama thought he could get money for his election campaign, he might go, and bill it as a campaign fundraiser and “we the people” would have to pay for it. What a disgrace.

        But, a visit would take great consideration due to his international ANTI-Israel posture, and a visit is something he finds loathe.

  • Frida Simms

    Mr.Obama is not welcome in Israel.

  • Jill Schaeffer

    What worries me if Obama is elected, he might schedule the trip after Gaza has been absorbed by Egypt, the gas line shared among Jordan, Israel and Egypt is obliterated, and Hizbollah sits on the border of Lebanon while the Golan’s DMZ boasts Syrian machine guns, if not rockets. Somebody should go now, not anybody, somebody.

  • Jill Schaeffer

    What worries me if Obama is elected, he might schedule the trip after Gaza has been absorbed by Egypt, the gas line shared among Jordan, Israel and Egypt is obliterated, and Hizbollah sits on the border of Lebanon while the Golan’s DMZ boasts Syrian machine guns, if not rockets. Somebody should go now, not anybody, somebody.

  • Jill Schaeffer

    What worries me if Obama is elected, he might schedule the trip after Gaza has been absorbed by Egypt, the gas line shared among Jordan, Israel and Egypt is obliterated, and Hizbollah sits on the border of Lebanon while the Golan’s DMZ boasts Syrian machine guns, if not rockets. Somebody should go now, not anybody, somebody.

  • Aharon

    Also Johnny mustache Bolton enough with this guy already. Even Bush had to drop him

    • Saidi

      Bolton was always and still is “right on the money”. No one listens and “Rome” will burn again.

  • Aharon

    I am a Jew and I wil be voting for the big O..he is without question he is the lesser of two evils

    • Saidi

      Well, regardless of one’s religion, and regardless of whether one votes for the “lesser of two evils” what is important is to vote.

      Voting in the U.S.A. is a right many people take for granted and don’t exercise.

  • Bemused

    Not sure the White House got the memo…. it lost the Jewish vote. That boat has sailed.

  • Sounds a little like Ike saying “I will go to Korea” before the North Korean born Rev. Sun Myung Moon brought his Unification Church and its issues with the Holocaust to the United States and everywhere else you needo 2 be…

  • I for one hopes he never gets a chance to make the trip. Our foreign affairs will be much better off with Romney in office.

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