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Welcome back everybody want this hour President Obama is headed back to Washington after his high profile trip to the Middle East.
Obama closing out his four day visit with a trip to Petra.
-- ancient desert city in Jordan but he spent the bulk of his time in Israel with a quick stop in the West Bank.
The White House at low expectations for this -- billing it as a mission to reissue of the region's political leaders and people particularly Israel that he is committed to their security.
Joining us -- to talk about whether he succeeded or not former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danville.
And our folks in our audience know that we are experiencing a bit of delay in the transmission back and forth is -- apologize for that.
ambassador great to see you thank you for joining us.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- I begin by saying that many Israelis have been very skeptical of president Obama's commitment to Israel's security interests and have not been happy with what is up to now appeared to be a frosty relationship.
Was Benjamin Netanyahu.
Why -- mr.
Netanyahu trust President Obama now.
Well you're right to mother walls a local skepticism and even suspicion.
About that -- them Obama.
-- Israel and with the Israeli prime minister we've had four very -- years.
But you know all I know in America you say that there is most second songs to make a first impression well the president got that second jobs.
And I think he token I think his visit to Israel as far as.
The feeling and the respect and the emotion of the Israeli people was a great success that -- -- very impressive charm offensive.
He reached out to the people he touched every -- and every fiber of of the Israeli society with his words.
And I must say that.
When his when -- force one took off.
It carried -- it a totally different president this far.
As -- at least the emotions the expectations and trust of the Israeli people is consumed.
Then you're saying get this trip obviously had a big impact at a time when we know that this White House for example.
Asked Israel to go back to the 1967.
Borders when it's.
Went to Cairo first to speak to.
The Muslim community out there and many Jewish leaders were concerned that.
Obama basically putting Israel on the back burner but you're saying now that you think.
Things really changed.
-- it is very true.
And you've mentioned.
Many aspects of it that during his first the president.
Did make -- many mistakes as far as his approach -- relationship with Israel describes that the -- for.
A total freeze of settlements that the -- for a return to 67 bulldozed.
And creating that space between.
Israel in the United States which -- should be enabled many of our enemies to infiltrate manipulate and behave in ways which they wouldn't.
If they felt that while it was still very strong but I think.
The president realize that why are there are enormous issues.
On the horizon and on the table with the Iran issue of the Syrian issue the Israeli Palestinian conflict the main issue as far as Israelis response.
Where is the relationship between Israel and the United States we've always valued that as -- -- -- greatest strategic.
Alliances and I think the president felt.
That might come into Israel he quote try and reassure the Israeli people.
About how he really feels about -- well and about the fact that.
In full support for Israel in every respect and I think at least the feeling.
During the visit the words you said that just as he made the statements heat for mounds.
-- -- That's they I think -- -- -- many of the fears and the suspicions of the Israeli people the relationship between the president and the prime minister has been a very -- -- You know off Kauai once said that history is like a woman it gives the man one -- -- -- -- that.
-- never get another one where those food either as Gault a second jobs and at least by the local things.
They took -- it.
And made this visit the great success.
Now the real issues are still on the table and secretary Perry is coming back here -- night.
And you have to deal with the Iran issue with the threat from Tehran over nuclear Tehran.
With the Syrian civil war.
With the Israeli Palestinian conflict and that's when we know.
Whether this was just -- charm offensive.
Or the real thing and whether this relationship is really strong enough.
To face those challenges and whether those who -- those who -- just reelected.
For four years.
Have decided that to -- the differences aside and work together.
ambassador we thank you so much for joining us of their insights of course -- to look forward.
To what lies ahead in the events that these two leaders will be dealing with thank you for joining us today.
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