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-- so question for you busily you've worked on campaigns you sort of know messaging.
What might have been the message that the president wanted to get out before then the wheels of Air Force One touchdown today -- tell me.
The dude I think the big messages that the United States in Jerusalem barbies when the United States in Jerusalem are.
Internal I think is the word to -- -- allies.
It's it's an important message not so much for the president to.
Being able to -- and reiterated time and time again but he's got to make sure they've -- -- are the same page and that's actually what's really important.
-- -- it is -- word has been that they have a particularly prickly relationship.
I imagine that that -- is it will continue to be effusive about the president -- there.
But that but the key here is for the president to read.
The air is a very strong unwavering commitment to the safety of this group.
Five years in office.
First presidential -- OK Kevin.
The photo -- you talk about the photo opportunity here how does the president prevent this from nearly being a photo -- I don't know because what.
-- -- is probably.
Pretty true in terms of what he hopes to communicate but he has five years of really bad behavior leading into this.
You know when you know you're not a bad when you -- here.
When you leave mr.
Netanyahu sitting you know for hours while you go have dinner and take a -- when you when you when you when you try to tell.
Stubbornly elected leader of another country that he can't build homes on on land that you know is an internal issue of his own.
His own people.
When you continually.
Kick him in the teeth it seems to me that you've got some PR.
Make good to do so it's not surprise that you know his approval rating in Israel is pretty low this morning he's trying to turn that around I don't know one trip doesn't.
I know actually I don't disagree I think the messaging prior to this trip has been pretty bad I was actually surprised that.
This is his first trip to -- as far as the United States that's -- -- actually really did surprise me.
But I do think there is opportunity turn around -- talk about this but I I feel that the issue about him and Syria.
If it's not spoken about on the street needs to actually really be discussed and that will -- a lot about where the relationship between United States Israel goes going further.
Yeah -- -- to question why wouldn't the president on Israel.
For even just -- -- this -- good enough part of the world why wouldn't he have just gone just just to shake a hand in five years why not.
My guess is that they were just concerned about the relationship grew concerned about Netanyahu -- and the and that actually should chip and they really so let me nothing in this cup so that it didn't.
What are what we didn't want any data out -- that would be should.
Photo us who that would be -- that would be significantly worse and I think anyone really -- an -- in Arizona governor Jan Brewer and.
Maybe it's well you think yeah.
Our strongest ally and that part of the world for five years.
-- I literally got off the plane from Israel Friday morning at about 7 -- -- New York time and I spent some of my time there talking with.
Knesset members that had just been -- this week and one of them is the form is the son of the former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir -- -- years is a new ministry leader.
It is almost incredulous.
To these to these incoming members of the current government.
That the that the US.
Administration has remained so distant and then when there has been the opportunity to discuss things it has been so hostile.
We've never had an administration in modern -- in my lifetime that has been so just.
It with the exception of maybe Jimmy Carter -- I think most that was after his presidency we've never seen one that has been this hostile to move to Israel during a terminal.
I don't want to make too light of this although it it is kind of funny.
But this is an interview that the president gave last week ahead of -- trip.
An -- one of the questions -- -- goofy question.
Reporter asks him you know how do you deal with being famous anyway -- have a fantasy of the you know a better day the president says so sometimes I have this fantasy this is a quote.
That I can put on -- the skies should know where fake mustache.
And I can wander through Tel Aviv and go to a bar and have a conversation or go down to the university in meet with some students.
And a setting where I'm just.
Not -- formal.
And we're going to try and find as many opportunities as I can to interact directly with the Israeli people you.
Quote you know why he could Wear disguises like those of -- -- Disney movie and I know there and no one knows what he looks like.
Well that's not true but can't -- but it's funny.
These social history hangings that went out yesterday to greet him it was it was pretty obvious that he's got some ground to make up -- -- -- beginning -- people to think about it he -- And it is it is by far our most important -- not in the region but maybe in the world right now.
Because if it -- -- did not exist as a freely.
Self sustaining state.
We would probably need a sixth and seventh fleet in that region just to keep the wow -- that isn't just think he's the neighborhood.
I I think you need going -- to really question I think part of why.
We have been reluctant to engage is because we don't really have good answers on what we're doing -- -- -- -- -- didn't -- And there has been some comfort that that there's growing.
Sentiment that we are dragging our feet on Syria.
Right now and so I think because we haven't really been able to us that have specific answers on how we do those countries we've been a little -- -- -- Well I haven't really don't raise the children in our household like that you know.
I don't know what to do with you Sam so I'm just gonna ignore Bob.