No doubt that many overtures have been made and 'niceties will be said during his visit. The Israeli people will put on a great show and perhaps offer a little more respect than when Bibi last met Obama in the White House in a visit March 2010.
It was reported that following a permit from the Israeli government for settlements to be built in the city Ramat Shlomo, Jerusalem; Obama and Hillary Clinton were fuming and summoned Netanyahu to Washington to explain the decision. When Bibi arrived, there was no welcome as is standard for a head of state, no cameras, press conference or photographs either. Clearly frustrated, Obama left in the middle of the meeting with Netanyahu to go have dinner with his wife and kids. Before leaving, Obama purportedly said to Bibi: "Call me when you are reading to talk substance". After waiting some time for Obama to return, Netanyahu requested some food and water for his staff but were subsequently served non-kosher food(not conforming to dietary laws).
It would appear that the President has come along way since then. Obama 2008-2012 had a very specific goal when it came to peace. Rather than face the reality of Hamas and the failed leadership in Gaza; he decided to double down on Israel. He pressured Israel regarding settlement activity and all the while, giving a free ride to the Palestinians and Hamas. He also called for Israel to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines in order to surrender all lands to the Palestinian Authority, refused to acknowledge that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and continues to delete any reference to that being the case.
On finances and ammunition, with thanks to AIPAC and the tremendous bipartisan support from U.S. Congress, Israel were supported. Obama can also take some credit but he was NOT the point man.
The reality is that every leader comes into a job with their solution to solve every crisis/issue under the sun.
We are all shaped by events. In 2000 (pre-war on terror) George W. Bush promised a humble foreign policy with no nation building. He had criticized the Clinton-Gore Administration for being too interventionist:
"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road. And I'm going to prevent that.
We all know what happened after 9/11. It is about being adaptable to the situation and responding to it effectively.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Famous truth from John Adams which I think Obama may be coming around to. He has essentially realized when it comes to Israel, Hamas and Palestinians, the facts and events are so obvious that he cannot ignore them anymore.
The fact is that he hasn't brought a potential peace plan with him to Israel, essentially insinuated that military options with Iran will be used before they can get the bomb and has softened his stance (officially) on the origins of Israel and its Jewish Heritage when he said this today:
More than 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people lived here, tended the land here, prayed to God here. And after centuries of exile and persecution, unparalleled in the history of man, the founding of the Jewish State of Israel was a rebirth, a redemption unlike any in history.
To me the fact that Obama has done an 'about turn' is a tremendous result for Israel and Bibi. If this visit does bring a new era of true cooperation between Israel and the Obama Administration that then means that Bibi was succesuful in standing up to the constant, disproportionate and vicious pressure from Obama and Hillary Clinton.
I stress that with Obama it is crucial that you look at the actual deeds and not his rhetoric. Nevertheless, one can hope for some change!!!!