Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Braggy Chuck Todd Gets the Bibi/Obama Treatment

During their joint press conference this afternoon in Jerusalem, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mocked NBC’s Chuck Todd for asking too many questions.

"People Should Get To Know Pres Obama The Way I've Gotten To Know Him'

"Looks like it takes a second term as president and a 3rd term as Prime minister to get things fixed," Prime Minister Netanyahu candidly ended the press conference with President Obama, after a full 3 hour meeting at the PM's residence ion Jerusalem.

Netanyahu and Obama looked like BFF. They complimented, embraced and listened to each other. The tone changes the music. We mnay be experiencing with our own eyes the unfolding of a new intimate relationship between Netanyahu and Obama. The statements at the press conference couldn't of been more embracing to each other. Netanyahu referred to Obama as the most Pro-Israel president, while Obama touched Netanyahu by mentioning his brother Yoni, wife Sarah and referring to him as 'Bibi.'

Obama In PM's Guestbook: US-Israel Cooperation Strong, Thanks To Netanyahu.

President Barack Obama signed in at the Prime Minister's guest book before his meeting with the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

"It is a great honor to reaffirm the extraordinary bond between our two countries, " Obama wrote. "By every measure, from security to our economy, our cooperation has never been greater, and that in part is because of the strong commitment of Prime Minister Netanyahu. May our bound continue to grow on behalf of people and prosperity for all people."

Prime Minister Netanyahu's son, Yair Netanyahu, embraced Obama over his looks. "You look very handsome," He said. Obama responded with "Thank You."

Obama Jokes About Bibi's Obsessive Red-Lines In Off-The-Cuff Conversation.

As he arrived in Israel, Obama was told to "follow the red lines" - coordinator referring to the red lines in which Obama and Netanyahu had walk across to the Iron Dome Battery, following at the welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion airport. "Bibi is always talking about red lines," Obama joked. "This is all a psychological ploy." he added. in which Bibi responded: "It was minutely planned."

Obama was also somewhat candid about the first lady, Michelle Obama. "My wife, Michelle, teases me mercilessly. She says whenever she travels with me it's embarrassing." 

In the video footage, Bibi is also seen shyly following Obama in removing his jacket, while walking over to the iron dome battery that was placed at the airport.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Anti-Zionist Yerushalmites Reach Out To Obama For Redemption

Posters hung all over in Jerusalem on Thursday by Anti-Zionist Yerushalmites welcoming "Barack Hussein Obama - His Excellency" to Israel. In the poster, the Eda Hacharedit are calling for a welcome rally as Obama visits Israel, in which they intend to ask the President to redeem Orthodox Jewry from the hands of the Zionist Regime.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Winners And Losers List of Israel's 33rd Coalition Government

It is hard to define definite winners and losers with the final formation of a coalition government, following the surprising election results on January 22. The prominent winners left some place to be called losers, and the seem-like-losers are also in some sort winners.

Let's start with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu deserves the title of a winner and a loser combined. If called by the TIME magazine last year 'King Bibi', it is now fair to say the 'King is Naked' - since Lapid managed to strip him from his power, leaving him as a weak Prime Minister in term of policy making and public image, with a turmoil left at home in his party. Hence, if you look at the big picture, Netanyahu is now entering his 3rd term as Prime Minister and is on course of becoming Israel's longest serving Prime minister if the gov't remains stable for its entire term.

After 40 Days of 'Shvitzing' Netanyahu Forms a Colaition Gov't w/o Haredim

What seemed to be the most obvious option as soon as the election results were announced, has now become reality: Netanyahu has managed to form a coalition government that includes - Likud Beitenu, Tzipi Livni's Hatnu'a, The Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid headed by Yair Lapid.

The disputes and demands have all been resolved and put aside as Likud managed to form days before the deadline a government that will reflect the will of the people - voters on Jan. 22. As much as Netanyahu is concerned he is now in his 3rd term as Prime minister, and on course to become Israel's longest serving Prime Minister ever.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stalemate: 'Lapid Obsessed About Becoming Foreign Minister'

Haredim are out, Bennett is in, but Yair Lapid is not yet satisfied. The leader that railed about Israel's middle class situation and who promised to bring the money back home - to the hardworking Israeli society, is now holding back from signing a coalition deal with the Likud for one particular reason: The Foreign Ministry.

While his partner Naftali Bennett is already eager to join the government, Lapid's Yesh Atid canceled, earlier on Wednesday, the coalition meeting with Likud-Beytenu representatives amid what were initially reported as objections to what it sees as an excessive number of ministers planned for the next government.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In First Major Speech, Senator Mark Kirk Delivers Resounding Message To the Ayatollahs

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is listed as a keynote speaker Monday night at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Gala dinner Monday evening. Instead, Senator Kirk who has recently returned to the Senate following an absence of almost a year after suffering a stroke, delivered a simple but resounding one line speech, which brought down the house. 

"I have got one message to the dictators in Iran: I am baacck," said Senator Kirk, before leaving the stage to the applause of the 13,000 pro-Israel activists and attendees.

Cantor Rebukes Obama at AIPAC Gala: Lead On Iran and Support Israel

Eric Cantor, the highest ranking Jewish legislator used the opportunity onstage at the AIPAC conference Monday night, to give voice to recent Republican criticism of President Obama's policy on Israel.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Biden Assures AIPAC: Security of Israel Is Our Naked Self-Interest

Vice President Joe Biden didn't say anything new that was not known until now of the Obama administration, at the AIPAC's annual conference. hence, amidst the security challenges ahead and the start of a second term for the Obama administration, the Vice President felt eager to tout the administration's achievements in terms of assisting Israel with its defense shield, and reassuring the pro Israel crowd that Israel has his and the President's back.

In Satellite Speech, Bibi Admits Shellacking by Bennett/Lapid

PM Netanyahu could of used a forceful speech before the 13,000 attendees at the annual AIPAC convention in DC to boost his standing among the Israeli public. Nothing is equivalent to a rousing crowd applauding every word coming out of your mouth, especially when reiterating Israel's right to defend itself by herself is best when given in English on US soil.

Unfortunately, Netanyahu could not attend this year's conference due to the stalemate in forming a stable coalition at his will. Instead, Netanyahu appeared on satellite, following a well received speech by Vice President Joe Biden.

Poll: 39% Of American Voters Say Obama Not Supportive Enough of Israel

Ahead of President Obama's highly anticipated visit to Israel this month, a new poll conducted by The Hill show a majority of American voters are not convinced that the president is supportive enough of Israel, and that he needs to do more to prove he's pro Israel in general.

Barak: All Options Must Remain on the Table As a Meaningful Threat

Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee'annual conference in DC as the highest ranking Israeli official this year, outgoing Defense Minister Ehud barak echoed Netanyahu in voicing doubt that diplomacy would stop Iran's nuclear ambitions, thus calling for a credible military threat 

"Therefore, all options must remain on the table," he told AIPAC attendees Sunday evening. "We expect all those who say it to mean it. We mean it." 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Reporting Live From AIPAC 2013 - Live Blog

US Israel Relationship Celebrated At Iron Dome Tribute Luncheon In DC

Several hundred Jewish leaders from across the U.S. offered their gratitude to members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives for their staunch support of the U.S.-Israel relationship, on on Wednesday.

Seventeen members of congress and Israeli ambassador Michael Oren were among those who gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building for the Iron Dome Tribute Luncheon. The event also honored the memory of  the late Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, who was instrumental in securing funding for the Iron Dome and was known as a staunch ally of the State of Israel throughout his political career.