Gisteren, 5 maart 2012, was premier Benjamin Netanjahoe te gast in het Witte Huis, Washington DC. De gesprekken tussen de Israëlische premier en president Barack Obama verliepen merkelijk warmer dan eerder het geval was. De president benadrukte dat de VS Israël altijd zullen steunen als het land bedreigd of aangevallen wordt. Barack Obama zei onder meer het volgende:
This visit obviously comes at a critical time. We are seeing incredible changes that are taking place in the Middle East and in North Africa. We have seen the terrible bloodshed that’s going on in Syria, the democratic transition that’s taking place in Egypt. And in the midst of this, we have an island of democracy and one of our greatest allies in Israel.
As I’ve said repeatedly, the bond between our two countries is unbreakable. My personal commitment — a commitment that is consistent with the history of other occupants of this Oval Office — our commitment to the security of Israel is rock solid. And as I’ve said to the Prime Minister in every single one of our meetings, the United States will always have Israel’s back when it comes to Israel’s security. This is a bond that is based not only on our mutual security interests and economic interests, but is also based on common values and the incredible people-to-people contacts that we have between our two countries.
Washington, 5 maart 2012. De sfeer leek opperbest in The Oval Room van het Witte Huis. Er kon zelfs even gelachen worden. Dat was weer lang geleden…