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Topic - Reuven Schindler
Arriving in Israel on his first official visit, President Obama pushed the restart button in an attempt to woo a largely disaffected Israeli public and lay a basis of trust on which to build compatible policies with Israel's leadership on major issues such as Iran, Syria and a Palestinian state.
In Israel for the first time in his four-year-old presidency, President Obama tried to reassure the Israeli public Wednesday that he is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Reuven Schindler, a sociology professor at Bar-Ilan University, said that he always has regarded Mr. Obama as a friend and that his visit will allow skeptical Israelis to look at him anew.
"He was very relaxed and seemed to be enjoying himself," Mr. Schindler said. "He comes across as being quite sincere. Israelis haven't seen that before, face to face."