The president also pronounced that those who seek Israel's destruction "might as well reject the earth beneath them and the sky above." The powerful declaration is loaded with meaning, especially for Iran and its terrorist proxies who cling to the idea that the Jewish state can be wiped off the map.
Obama’s unequivocal statements that America is in Israel’s corner will hopefully discourage enemies of peace who have questioned America’s resolve when it comes to standing with Israel.
Another important result of Obama’s charm offensive was brokering reconciliation between Israel and Turkey. With a phone call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, Netanyahu and Obama took a big step toward Israel and Turkeyre-normalizing relations. This development should have been particularly worrisome for Iran, given that its neighbor Turkey is wary of a nuclear-armed Tehran.
With regard to the Israeli Palestinian peace process (or lack thereof), Obama tried to elevate the Palestinian Authority and its President Mahmoud Abbas above Hamas. President Obama encouraged both Israel and Palestine to move forward with a renewed peace talks, but was adamant that the Palestinians should not use settlements as a precondition and that they must demonstrate willingness to negotiate in good faith with Israel.
The sincerity of Obama will be put to the test now that the dust has settled and the visit is already fading into the rear-view mirror. Huge challenges still confront America’s closest ally in the region, but the Jewish state hopefully can walk a little taller today with the knowledge that the world’s only superpower has publicly and powerfully pledged to be in Israel’s corner.