Reactions to Obama’s Israel-supporting, Netanyahu-tweaking Jerusalem speech
Here's some reaction to Barack Obama's speech in Jerusalem, which seemed to be well received by the crowd of Israeli students in attendance.
Receptions elsewhere were predictably divergent, as are opinions about just about everything when it comes to Israel and Palestine. But the consistent thread running through nearly all the reaction seems to be that Obama managed to strike a balance between reassuring Israelis about how pro-Israel he is and implicitly criticizing the Netanyahu government for being less accomodating and imaginative than the Israeli people themselves when it comes to pursuing peace.
This is a blunt speech that is going well, right over Netanyahu's head, directly to the people.— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) March 21, 2013
Israeli TV commentator saying Obama's speech the most Zionist since Truman #ObamainIsrael— rachel shabi(@rachshabi) March 21, 2013
Huge standing ovation for #Obama support for Palestinian statehood.— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) March 21, 2013
— Media Scrutiny (@Media_Scrutiny) March 21, 2013