Netanyahu Gifts Obama With a Unique 2,000-Year-Old Stone

Bibi gives the U.S. President a stone embedded with a chip containing the U.S. and Israeli declarations of independence

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Courtesy of Yoav Bachar & Shlomo Shoham / Technion Spokesman

President Barack Obama will return from his first trip to Israel as President having renewed America’s alliance with the nation — and he’ll have a rock to show for it.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly gifted Obama with a 2,000-year-old stone from Jerusalem, embedded with a tiny, gold-coated microchip that contains the American and Israeli declarations of independence.

Netanyahu’s office called the stone a “symbolic gift,” the Times of Israel reports, created at Netanyahu’s request by the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute. The microchip itself measures just 0.04 sq. mm. “The etching was done by accelerating charged atoms, called ions, and bombarding them at various points on the surface of the chip,” the institute explains. “This is similar to digging tiny holes in the ground using a water jet out of an irrigation hose, except that the holes formed this way are a million times bigger than the holes created by the beam of ions.”

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Netanyahu hosted dinner at his Jerusalem residence in Obama’s honor Thursday, posting pictures of the event on his Facebook page. Included in the images was a picture of Obama’s gift (thankfully not a box set of DVDs): a framed wooden piece from Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the U.S. and a national historic site. According to his page, the frame was inscribed with a quote from a letter George Washington wrote about the synagogue: “Every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

First Lady Michelle Obama will receive a traditional plate used for Passover, Sasha and Malia will get chains with silver medallions of David’s harp, while family dog Bo will also get a rubber hamburger chew toy, the Associated Press reports.

Obama’s trip is his first visit to the country and only his second to the Middle East. He told Israeli President Shimon Peres that the nation will have “no greater friend than the United States,” according to the AP.  Judging by Netanyahu’s gift, the feeling is likely mutual.

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6 comments
ricklondon1
ricklondon1

Looks as if the desperate competition is lashing out (at Obama...I mean why not....with a party crumbling like the GOP...why not?).  Don't get upset about it.  They'll be demonizing him all the way down the toilet drain (as they are clearly headed).  I guess the great poetic justice is that, no matter how much FOX right-wing hype that only the right was Israel's friend, you can't **** with the Israelis. They know. And they know Obama has been their friend all along.  Deal with it.  

auronlu
auronlu

I have to admit this headline made me chuckle.

Most rocks are rather older than 2000 years, unless they've come out of a volcano.

JimWarrillow
JimWarrillow

I don't believe Obama is all that interested in what the US constitution has to say?

auronlu
auronlu

@JimWarrillow I guess that's why he was a professor teaching constitutional law at UChicago, eh?

PennAitor
PennAitor

west144, keep name calling...even you or any memeber of your family and Im saying this with utmost respect never become a president. Isreal hosted the POTUS for days. He vow to protect Isreal everyday, he has supported Isreal more than any president in history. And he droned a few foes American or not. Now tell me, is Obama mean or not.

west144
west144

Why would one who is dumber than a box of rocks need another rock?

Indeed, this is a very thoughtful gift. It would be the only rock in the box with a minute amount of brains in form of a microchip measuring just 0.04 sq. mm.Thanks for recognizing the shortcomings and providing a little help where most needed.