"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."
Obama attempting to court a mainly indifferent Israeli public →
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.