First come, first served? Obama’s Israel visit ‘game show’

Obama will tour the Iron Dome missile-defense system, and the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem; meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres and PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)

The U.S. embassy in Israel launched a contest on Sunday to attend President Barack Obama’s keynote speech during his forthcoming visit in March, the Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.
 

“Want to attend President Obama’s Speech, LIKE our page, and in the comments below, tell us why you think we should invite YOU,” the embassy wrote on its Facebook page in English, Arabic and Hebrew. “Up to twenty of ourFacebook fans, who submit the most original and creative responses, will see President Obama speak in person.”
 

The Jerusalem Post described the U.S. president’s visit as “just like a game show.”
 

There were 375 responses within four hours of the message being posted, ranging from sarcastic and witty comments, to serious reasons as to why they wished to be in the audience.
 

Obama will tour the Iron Dome missile-defense system, and the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem; meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres; and lay a wreath at the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and formerPrime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
 

The U.S. president will also meet his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas.
 

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Last Update: Monday, 11 March 2013 KSA 15:17 - GMT 12:17
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