Obama tours the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, alongside Avner Shalev [right], Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty via NBC News)
Wow. There’s no way to overstate the significance of this.
BFF’S Israeli President Shimon Peres (l.), President Barack Obama, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stand during a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv, on March 20. The visit is the first by President Obama to Israel, which he said “has no greater friend than the United States.” Obama will meet with Palestinian officials on Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Weiken / EPA via NBC News)
President Obama has landed in Israel. “BUT HE’S FOUR YEARS LATE!!!!!!!!” conservatives will continue to yell, conveniently ignoring Obama’s repeated statements of support for Israel and the, I don’t know, $50+ billion or so that the U.S. gives Israel in foreign aid every year.
Aside: love the swipe at Congress, which has a popularity rating around 11 percent. But watch them yell about that, too.
Israeli jets bombed a convoy on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a warning to Damascus not to arm Israel’s Lebanese enemy.
“The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon,” said one Western diplomat, adding that the consignment may well have included anti-aircraft missiles.
The overnight attack, which several sources placed on the Syrian side of the border, followed warnings from Israel that it was ready to act to prevent the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad leading to Syria’s chemical weapons and modern rockets reaching either his Hezbollah allies or his Islamist enemies.
A source among the Syrian rebels said an air strike around dawn (0430 GMT) blasted a convoy on a mountain track about 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of where the main Damascus-Beirut highway crosses the border. Its load probably included high-tech anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, but not chemical weapons.
No link yet but if true… wow.
A flock of starlings flew over a field near Netivot, Israel, Thursday. (Photo: Amir Cohen / Reuters via The Wall Street Journal)