Why is Obama Refusing to Use the Israeli Knesset for his Big Speech?

The real purpose of Obama’s visit to Israel is to give a “high profile” speech to the “youth” of Israel calling for a renewed push for peace and framing Israel’s relationship with the United States in terms of the peace process.

In 2008, Bush visited Israel and addressed the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Back then he began with, “It is a rare privilege for an American President to address the Knesset. Although the Prime Minister told me there is something even rarer – to have just one person in this chamber speaking at a time.”

Clinton addressed the Knesset in 1994. Even Carter did it in 1979. Neither Reagan nor Bush I traveled to Israel and so the issue never came up.

It’s certainly not mandatory, but it’s common protocol. Obama addressed the British Parliament on his visit. He also found the time to address the Parliament of Ghana,  the Indian Parliament and the Australian Parliament… so it’s clearly something that he does.

But Obama is not going to address the Israeli parliament or Knesset, instead he’ll be using the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, better known to some as Binyenei HaUma.

So why is Obama dumping the Knesset for a giant auditorium?

1. Obama’s Cairo speech was given at Cairo University. Carter had addressed the Egyptian Parliament. Obama could have done it too, but giving a speech away from parliament showed disapproval of the Egyptian government and a ploy to suggest to the opposition that he would support their revolution.

2. Even though the last Israeli election rewarded the left quite a bit, with a big win for Yesh Atid, Obama is still choosing to stay away from the Knesset.

Instead Obama is bringing in student “representatives” from Israeli universities, a group that skews to the left. Tellingly, Ariel University, one of the country’s more conservative institutions, has been barred from sending a representative.

3. The entire event signals a lack of confidence in Israel’s government and encourages the left to sabotage Netanyahu. Obama probably sees this as payback.

4. The Knesset would allow Obama limited control, but the huge Convention Center will allow him a large audience that is certain to applaud in the right places.

5. It maintains Obama’s policy of keeping Israel at arm’s length without entirely breaking relations.

This response tips Obama’s hand

What we told the Israeli government is that the President was very interested in speaking to the Israeli people, and that, in particular, he wanted to speak to young people. We obviously have a deep respect for the Knesset as the seat of Israeli democracy, and in the past, the President, again, has made clear the very significant attachment that we place on the fact that both Israel and the United States are democracy. But you also know that the President, around the world, has often spoken to young people. He spoke to young people, for instance, when he traveled to Cairo. And in this instance, we felt like bringing together an audience of university students from a broad range of partners that our embassy has in Israel would allow him to speak, again, not just to political leadership, who he’ll be meeting with on the trip, but to the Israeli public and Israeli young people.

So we’re very excited about the crowd that is being put together. We know that it will represent a very broad range of views within Israel. We welcome the fact that Israel has a very broad spectrum of views that’s a testament to the democracy and diversity of opinion that exists within Israel. And it will be a very important event on the President’s trip.

No doubt. The range will run from left to left. The audience will get the message that Obama wants them to pressure the government for more concessions to terrorists.

Mission accomplished.

  • Larry

    The obamessiah WANTS to sabotage Netanyahu.

    He WANTS the left in power in Israel, because with them in power the MB have more of a chance of exterminating Israel.

    Simple as that.

    • JacksonPearson

      That's exactly his goal. Obama will try to weaken Israel from within, and than with full extermination of the Jewish state with his build up of the surrounding Muslim Brotherhood. His only true friends in the Middle East are, Islamic Sunnis.

  • http://twitter.com/JedClampett1 @JedClampett1

    More community organizing from the one trick pony. As usual, all the students will be blown away when the teleprompter-in-chief, "King" Barack Hussein of America begins to say his lines.

    • Choi

      Does anybody NOT THINK that this is Community Organizing on Steroids??
      You can be sure J Street operatives were among the Organizers.
      Te Labor Party has close ties to the Left-Wing Democratic Party here.

  • Bear Klein

    Obama is distancing himself from the Government of Israel. No doubt there is symbolism here. He is still friendly with the state of Israel. He is no Zionist and he never will be. Israel needs the USA so businesslike
    relationship between Bibi and Obama is the best Israel can do.

    If he asks Israel to do things against their interest such as withdrawals from the West Bank or freezes in building the answer should be we hear your viewpoint but respectfully choose to differ.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Most intrinsically, the Islamist-in-Chief understands that he will be placed on the hot seat, if he speaks at the Knesset. While most will applaud quietly, there are those who still have spines and will call him on the carpet.
      Be that as it may, and from my Israeli perch, he thinks he can sell a pig in a poke to the Israeli public via his doublespeak. Most I am in contact with aren't buying. Of course, the diehard left – about 3% of the population-will buy his jivetalk.
      In any case, his mission here is not at all what it seems – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/10/a-hellfire-un

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

      • 11bravo

        Obama is not popular in Israel. Our/his snubbing BB, and Hugging islamists is very transparent to the Jewish people. He will need to empty the universities to get the rousing applause he seeks.

        Jewtalk is cool Baby!

  • EarlyBird

    Just to state the obvious, there is nothing – NOTHING – that Obama can do or say in regard to Israel that would ever be anything to Danny "the hack" Greenfield that would be anything other than proof that Obama is a secret Muslim jihadist in league with the devil. Danny's agenda is simply to lie in support of America's serfdom to Israel. Truth is his enemy.

    Now, back to your fantasies.

    • Nighthawk

      Your ISM guano is polluting the gene pool.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I too would like to join the moderate left in condemning Israeli Lords and their Knights for forcing American peasants to grow their food.

      • Choi

        How BIG of a POS are you for your "False Flag"LIE ?
        IF Israelis buy American Food Products which are an EXPORT of the USA,than they are putting MONEY INTO THIS COUNTRY.,which translates into Food Industry Products sales & JOBS IN AMERICA!
        Of course ,YOUR JEW-HATRED REFUSES to See this FACT.

    • JacksonPearson
    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Danny's agenda is simply to lie in support of America's serfdom to Israel. Truth is his enemy."

      Those two sentences combined make you a complete lunatic. Truth is your enemy.

  • marios

    Obama is the most hostile US pres. to Israel. Israel is only one real reliable US ally in ME. Our Muslim Pres. does not care about it as he has another goal. His Cairo speech triggered radicalization of the ME. The worse for Israel the better for his beloved "brethrens". The worse situation in US, the better for Dem's in their attempt for dictatorship forever here . He choose brainwashed by leftists professors youth. He is in his elements. But who did not allowed Arial Universities students be on that conference?
    Why religious Zionists did not organized and send their representatives for that event? If Patriots are passive, sure, our enemies will always win.

    • Choi

      An old ORGANIZING TRICK is to "paper the room"by means of getting their supporters in ,seated by plan around the venue,and then to identify heir supporters still waiting for the "Doors Opening General Seating of remaining seats.

  • Chanameel

    Obama will be a hero!!!!!!!
    All he has to do is make Israel return to 1967 borders!!!!!!!!!!!
    All the Muslims will rejoice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And the Palestinians and the Muslim world will stop fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They will have nothing to complain about!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He will have captured Jerusalem for Islam!!!!!!!
    Obama Muslim King of Israel and the World!!!!!!!!!
    Obama surrendered our country to Islam, in the Muslim Day of Prayer on the Mall in September 2009.
    He lead 50,000 Muslim men in prayer and they prayed for "the Soul of America."
    This occult rite was an act of surrender and deterines the future destiny of America.
    The Messiah has returned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to save us all from…..
    Judeo/Christian law??????

  • Anonymous

    I could write something to the effect of "looking on the bright side" of not having Obama address the Knesset, but it probably is better left unsaid.

  • Cat K

    And I wish Israel would not allow B. Hussein Obama to have the venue and crowd HE chooses!
    Don't they have any control over this? I know the left there is crazy like it is anywhere but there should be some sense of self preservation. I guess not.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "And I wish Israel would not allow B. Hussein Obama to have the venue and crowd HE chooses!
      Don't they have any control over this? I know the left there is crazy like it is anywhere but there should be some sense of self preservation. I guess not. "

      Ask for his birth certificate when he arrives in the immigration queue. How else can we positively identify the guy?

      • Arlie

        That would be AWESOME! Great reply. Did you see the photos at Orly Taitz esq website of her with congressmen and press surrounding her in halls of cpac? She had a booth there! http://www.orlytaitzesq.com

  • Herb Benty

    Obama hates Israel because he was raised that way. Marxists, lefties in general hate Israel because the Jewish people managed to preserve the Holy Scriptures through millenia despite numerous attempts to destroy not only GOD'S WORDS, but Jews themselves. Lastly, Muslims hate Israel because the Jewish Torah clearly reveals" the Lamb without spot or blemish" , which resulted in Christianity. Together, the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Holy Bible totally rule out any Muslim connection. The muslim religion is both fake and satanic.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Why is Obama Refusing to Use the Israeli Knesset for his Big Speech?"

    Because he is a political jackal.

    • Arlie

      I have an alternate "theory" as to why the White House tours have been shut down. Orly Taitz has been trying to serve a subpoena on 0bama or whatever his name is. Some court procedure ruled he had to be served directly. The info on this subpoena is at her website if you scroll down through her blog.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        There is no question he considers himself above the law. Part of the "transformation" must include making him our "special" leader. Ask Michelle, he's not just any POTUS.

  • disqus_vYBes35NmA

    This is another obama sit-up, not to adress the kenesset, is something very, very wrong, but I understand his terrorist cronies be it muslim brotherhood, the pa, hamas, what a low-down jerk