It took winning a second term to get it penciled in on the schedule, but President Obama is finally set to visit Israel as the leader of the free world this Spring. More from AP:
President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel in the spring, marking his first visit to the nation since becoming president.
The White House says Obama spoke about the visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Jan. 28. That’s when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel’s recent election.
Obama visited Israel while running for president in 2008, but hasn’t been back since, prompting criticism from some pro-Israel groups.
The White House says the start of Obama’s second term offers an opportunity to reaffirm Israel’s close relationship with the U.S. and to discuss major issues like Syria and Iran.
Let's not forget, it took President Obama nearly an entire week to congratulate Netanyahu on his re-election and just recently, Obama sent a bunch F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. On top of that, Obama nominated anti-Israel Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary. Nearly two years ago, Obama called on Israel to retreat back to its 1967 borders, a move that would make the country defenseless. What could go wrong?
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