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National Post | Full Comment

Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East isn’t over yet. But already, it has been so successful that no less a critic than Commentary Magazine’s Jonathan Tobin — who spent Obama’s first term assailing the President’s allegedly Jimmy Carteresque take on the Middle East — is fundamentally reassessing his opinion.

“One thing has undoubtedly changed in the aftermath of the presidential visit to Israel: Barack Obama’s image as an antagonist of the Jewish state,” Tobin wrote yesterday on the Commentary web site. “In terms of his attitude toward Israel, in the past three days Obama has altered his status in that regard from being the second coming of Jimmy Carter to that of another Bill Clinton … After the stirring Zionist rhetoric uttered by the president during his stay in the Jewish state, it’s simply no longer possible for his opponents to brand him as a foe of Israel or…

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