PA Looks to Obama as Savior

Signs throughout the Palestinian Authority confirm Israel's fears that Obama is on the PA's side: "Obama, Free us from Conquest and Settlements."

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 12:43

Barack and Barak
Barack and Barak
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Roadside signs have cropped up across the Palestinian Authority over the past few days, confirming many Israelis' fears that U.S. President Obama is actually not on Israel's side. The signs read: "Barack Obama, free us from slavery, occupation and the settlements."

The signs are part of a "Dear Barack" campaign that also includes email letters to the White House. The PA's Wafa news agency reports that thousands of PA residents have been sending personal emails to Obama's personal address every day, encouraging him to act on their behalf. "Only free people can free us from the slavery and humiliation, and history will judge them as heroes," the emails state.

The brainchild of the campaign was that of a local radio station, which received the idea following an interview with a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council.

Obama phoned PA chief Abu Mazen on Tuesday, promising to continue to work for the success of the two-state solution. The two leaders agreed to concentrate on the "core issues," something that Israel previously had not fully agreed to before the latest initiative by the American government.

Obama stated the need to avoid provocations, which he said could "harm the trust between the two sides."