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Obama Boycotting the Knesset and Ariel University

This is what presidential contempt feels like. Let's all get used to it.
Boycotted by Obama: These students at the Ariel University Center of Samaria will not be welcome alongside the rest of Israel's university students at the U.S. president's speech.

Boycotted by Obama: These students at the Ariel University Center of Samaria will not be welcome alongside the rest of Israel's university students at the U.S. president's speech.
Photo Credit: Amir Levy/Flash90

U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to address the Knesset during his visit to Israel next week. Senior U.S. officials said that, after long deliberations and discussions, the White House decided that the president will address students from universities in Israel at the ICC (Binyaney Ha’uma) in Jerusalem.

That initial snub did not go unnoticed. The Prime Minister’s Office and a number of Knesset members passed messages to the White House saying they would be much happier if the speech took place in the Knesset. But senior U.S. officials have insisted that Obama decided to deliver his messages directly to the Israeli public, especially the younger generation, not just to politicians in the Knesset.

Has the president been following the recent changes in the Knesset? Many of the new elected MKs wouldn’t know a politician if they ran one over on their mountain bikes. But, obviously, Obama does not think much of national institutions in third world countries, or he wouldn’t be spending so much treasure overturning them.

On Tuesday it turned out that the White House has little respect for Israeli academic institutions as well. According to Reshet Bet, almost all of Israel’s universities received invitations to hear the president’s speech in the big hall in Jerusalem – with the noted exception of Ariel University.

Habayit Hayehudi MK Yoni Chetboun revealed this latest snub to Reshet Bet Wednesday morning, saying this was unacceptable, as Ariel is an officially accredited university, and its students—Jews and Arabs—are part of the Israeli public.

Ariel has over 600 Arab students, as well as the largest number Ethiopian university students in all of Israel.

The White House has refused to comment on Obama’s refusal to endow with his message of hope and peace Israelis who go to school on the wrong side of the “green line.”

MK Chetboun called on Ariel students to come greet President Obama outside the national auditorium in Jerusalem, if only to prove to him that they, too, exist.

According to recent news stories, the U.S. embassy (in Tel Aviv) is in charge of sending out the invitations to some 2000 Israelis, as well as 300 members of the press. It is possible, then, that the boycott against Ariel was not necessarily conceived in Washington, but right here, on Hayarkon Street on the shore of the Mediterranean.

Perhaps the White House will clarify this later today.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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12 Responses to “Obama Boycotting the Knesset and Ariel University”

  1. Jim Yeager says:

    I Simply Don’t UnDerstand This Man. I Feel Like Screaming: ” Hey Obama, What In The Name Of Our God Of Israel Do You Think Your Doing To Israel ?

  2. Do Not Let Him In Danger follows this man

  3. He does not belong there.People who learn are there. He is unteachable.

  4. Jim Yeager says:

    I Like My By-Line Better, Gets To The Heart Of This Matter. Obama Discrimination Against Ariel Students Is UnCalled For. If They Can’t See Obama, Why Would I Ever Want To. I Would Really Be CareFull If I Were You Israel. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166168

  5. Not surprising that Obama is attempting to bypass the elected government of Israel. His disdain for Eretz is quite obvious.

  6. Is this any different than his objections to Jews buy homes and moving into them if they happen to be located in Eastern Jerusalem? The President is a racist and supports Muslim apartheid.

  7. Ron Kall says:

    There is no good reason to even have allowed obama to visit Israel. He is there fir one thing only, his anti Israel agenda.

  8. Bonnie B Julien says:

    Ron God will take care of Obama…. we just have to be parient

  9. Obama spoke to the Egyptian students a few years ago.
    I heard his whole message.
    He called Israeli "occuption" of Smaria and Judea ailleagal.
    He also said "the sweetest sound in the world is when the Imam calls the Muslim to praye, and that Islam is a great religion. I know, because I am one of them".

    Israel should have told Obama to stay at home.
    He will be putting the screws on Israel.
    I hope Bibi tells him to screw himself.

    Obama is trying to destroy Israel. He knew that he could have stopped Abbas from going to UNGA. But did not give him a warning.

    And the US Jews voted for this Muslim who has made it quite clear that he hates Bibi.

    The US Jews who voted for this Muslim Jew hater. are brain dead.

  10. CM Watts says:

    Bonnie B Julien Maybe not so patient. ( :

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