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Obama in Israel: Symbolism or substance?

March 21st, 2013
07:28 AM ET

Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon discusses the importance of Obama's trip to Israel with CNN's Hala Gorani.


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  1. elijah

    Obama musnt follow in the footsteps of former USA presidents who fully supposed the killing of Palestinians. Let's hear him publicly condemn Israel for the inhumane activities against innocent people. Let's hear of sanctions and military intervention like what they did in other countries. If he fails to do so then in my mind it clearly shows that he is not a president at all but a white in a black face- a puppet!

    March 21, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • Pepou27

      He will be remembered for the worst reason : the first black president, nothing else.

      March 23, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Jonathan Onche Edeh

      Elijah,
      Like i did mention you don't expect president Barack Obama to be any better than his predecessors; Mr Obama dare not hold Israel to account for any crimes against humanity considering the fact the United States is also being accused for such crimes in other parts of the Middle East, or do you think it is all about former president Bush...No and No...this is all about the foreign policy of the United States....and that means Obama has to work in line with such foreign policy, besides, no one expects "a thief to be bold enough to accuse another thief of the same crime".....So as an employee of the United States, his visit is more symbolic than substantial

      March 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Drake M.

      "The most significant action Israel could take to demonstrate good faith would be a settlement freeze." – President Reagan 1983 (Raygun couldn't even get them to stop illegal settlements).

      Israeli spy Pollard 
      He is/was the most damaging to America, anti-American spy in history since the Rosenberg's sold Russia American nuclear secrets. Netanyahu has demanded Pollard be released to Israel.  http://tinyurl.com/yvqznh

      March 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  2. Pepou27

    A useless trip. which served no purpose whatsoever. Speeches are easy, actions are not.

    March 23, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  3. New Era Jihadi

    For what reason are we supporting Israel?? Obama always rants about our nations intrests but yet Israel only makes us broke?? and all they do is kill innocent people and pick fights with every one in thier reach and all this proves is that 1.8 billion people hate there guts. its like antagonizing a Lion with a stick eventually you will get killed.

    March 23, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
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      YOUR NAME EXPLAINS YOUR LYING RANTING.....

      March 24, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  4. Hamid

    Not expecting much from President obama's visit is normal. But expecting nothing totally is being insensitive to the plight of palestinians. The conflict is likely to out live obama's tenure of office but he would have contributed substantially in shaping the direction for his successors to follow. Give him a chance!

    March 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
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    March 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
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