It’s interesting that at a moment when President Obama is gearing up for a tough re-election campaign, at a time that his campaign promises of “hope” and “change” have not yet been fulfilled, the Israeli left is borrowing his 2008 slogan and poster image.
Last night, thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv in support of Obama and his two-state solution along the 1967 borders with mutual land swaps. Many carried a blue, white and black poster of Obama’s iconic image, with the words “Yes we ken (written in Hebrew, with “ken” meaning “yes” in Hebrew, and having a sound conveniently similar to “can” in English). Written in Hebrew is “A state for them, the settlement blocs for us. Yes to Obama’s speech.”
I can definitely understand the impetus for the poster’s design, but I’m afraid that it lacks its intended punch, given that we are now in 2011 and there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since that graphic and slogan first appeared.
J Street doesn’t seem to feel this way. It is offering a free copy of the poster to anyone who requests one.
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