Now that Obama is gone from Israel we can begin the process of assessing the results of the trip.
From what I can tell there are, as of this moment, three discernible results.
1) Netayahu will be seen to have apologized to Turkey for Turkey's attack upon Israel.
2) Israel is freeing up 500 million dollars as a birthday present to Mahmoud Abbas.
3) Obama snubbed the students at Ariel University, as well as the Knesset.
Let's take these one by one.
The main significance of Netanyahu's apology to Turkey is that it affirms the notion that Jews have no legitimate rights to self-defense. It sends the message that, just as in the good old days, Jews can take a beating but have no legitimate rights to fight back. Check!
It doesn't matter how intransigent the Palestinian-Arabs are or how much they incite genocidal violence within their own children toward the Jewish minority in the Middle East, or to Jews in general, we will still pay them large sums of money which their leadership can sock away in Swiss bank accounts or use to buy weaponry to be used against the Jewish people or purchase air time on Palestinian-Arab television to drive home the message that the Jewish people are the sons and daughters of apes and pigs. Check!
By snubbing the students at Ariel University Barack Obama affirms the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Jews who live where neither Barack Obama nor Mahmoud Abbas want them to live. Check!
By snubbing the Knesset in favor of speaking before college students he sends the message that he is less interested in the needs of the Israeli people today as he is in influencing the younger generation and thus imposing himself onto the political culture of that country for tomorrow. Check! Check!
I would say that this represents a very successful trip for Obama and Abbas. Abbas gets some sweet poker cash and the affirmation that his racism against Jews is perfectly fine and proper. Jews should not be living on historically Jewish land and Abbas is absolutely right to desire a Judenrein Palestinian-Arab State on the land that constitutes the Jewish national home. If this were not the case Barack Obama would not have snubbed the students at Ariel University.
What Obama gets is an affirmation of Israeli-Jewish compliance to his wishes and the good will of the Turkish Prime Minister, which will be helpful in installing an Islamist government in Syria.
So the big winners here are Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas, and Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan, but also political Islam as a movement. After all, each of the three above fit nicely with the ideology of political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, so they should be pleased, as well. They won't be due to the fact that Obama condescended to say some nice things about Israel in his speech in Jerusalem, but they should be.
The big losers, naturally, are Benjamin Netanyahu and the Jews of the Middle East.
And now we will have the United States and the EU starting a new push to ramp up the "peace process," which as history shows will likely result in considerable violence and war. For the Israelis the Second Terror War which began with Arafat unleashing the hate after being offered virtually everything that they always told us that they wanted was, in terms of relative death toll, something akin to a 9/11 every two weeks for about three years.
Who couldn't be happy with such an outcome?