Israelis react to Obama visit

Friday, March 22, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel has come to an end.

In a whirlwind two-day call, the president shmoozed average Israelis far more aggressively than most expected by repeatedly referencing the Jews' ancient and biblical connection to this land.

He also made an impassioned plea for Israel to resume making the kinds of security compromises that have proved so disastrous over the past 15 years for the sake of acheiving peace and justice for the Palestinians.

And while most Israelis love America and appreciate the gesture, very few outside of media commentators believed the visit would achieve anything concrete.

Israel Today spoke to Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem about Obama's visit, and this is what they had to say:

Ariye Caspi: “I think Obama's pro-peace and wants what's good for all of us."

Aviv Eldad: "It’s good that he came, so he can see the situation here."

Mr. Sharon: "I think he’s visiting and doing nothing else. He doesn’t care."

Dafna Trujaman: "First of all he’s a Democrat, and they are pro-Palestian, and he is a Muslim himself."

Hadas Levmore: "In some aspect he’s pro-Palestinian and in some aspects he’s pro-Israeli."

Debbie: "I don’t know why he came."

Elana Falick: “I’m really excited that he’s here. Most of my friends are not pro-Obama. But I think it will be really good and I think it will solidify the fact that he’s on Israel’s side and that he supports Israel.”

Gabriel Danon: “He didn't accomplish anything more than other visiting presidents in the past.”

Talia Sandman: “He’s not been the most friendly president to Israel.”

Ortal Cohen: "I think it can really help see what the Americans feel about us and how they see us around the world."

Leo: “Obama visiting is nice, but I think it’s for show.”

Michele Benami: "For us, Obama in Israel is a very good thing because we need America and Obama is the president of America."

Iris Marks: "Obama tries to be nice and shoot that smile when he wants to please people, but I don’t think he’s pro anything except himself.”

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