Track Obama In Israel On iPhone Or Droid
03/20/13
Special To The Jewish Week

In the old days the White House tried to protect the location of POTUS (that’s the president’s name to insiders). Today, with the 24-7 news cycle people demand to know where the leader of the free world is at all times. The White House posts President Obama’s schedule on its website so people know which lunches he’s speaking at, when he’s welcoming the Super Bowl champs to the White House, when he’s shooting hoops with his buddies and when he’s at a state dinner.

Already, Obama’s Israel trip’s itinerary is being criticized every which way. While his official schedule hasn’t even been announced yet, Jews are irked he’s not visiting the Kotel and Muslims are disappointed to see he’s not making a visit to the Dome of the Rock.

For those who want to follow Obama’s “pilgrimage” to the Holy Land in real time … yep, you guessed it… there’s an app for that. The Prime Minister's Office has launched a mobile app for users to download (at Apple’s app store and soon from Google’s Play Store for Android) and then receive real-time updates including streaming video. The app, according to Ynet News, is currently available in Hebrew and English, but will soon have an Arabic version as well.

The app was announced Sunday at a preparatory meeting ahead of Obama's visit to Israel later this month.

Representatives from the Prime Minister's Office, the president's residence, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Israel Police, the Jerusalem Municipality, Ben-Gurion International Airport and other agencies attended the meeting.

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said it was "very important" that the visit be marked by three points: "One, that it go smoothly from start to finish. It is important for us that the Prime Minister and the President have fruitful and productive talks -- this is the basis for the continuation of work over the next four years. It is important to us that the President and all those who watch the visit see the beautiful Land of Israel as much as possible given the short schedule. Cooperation between all elements -- among all the Israelis, and between us and the Americans -- is also vital for the success of the visit." 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Israel announced a competition for 20 seats at Obama's speech in Israel. Hopefuls must like the embassy's Facebook page and in the comments section explain why they should be invited. The post had 400 likes on Sunday within six hours of the announcement.

The speech is scheduled to take place at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.

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