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Obama to Break Bread with Black Miss Israel

Dinner with Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw on president’s Israel itinerary

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Yityish Aynaw on the cover of Laisha Magazine.(Sasson Moshe.)

First the Miss Israel tiara, then a meal with the leader of the free world. After receiving an exclusive invite to next week’s gala dinner celebrating President Obama’s trip to Israel, newly-crowned Ethiopian-born beauty queen Yityish Aynaw is well on her way to becoming an Israeli diplomat. As of now, the guest list for the event includes Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, and Aynaw has reportedly sparked no small bit of envy among other high-powered politicos.

Despite the fact that Obama’s Israel policy has been staunchly debated, almost everyone seems to be bidding to see the president during his three-day trip to the Holy Land. At one point, the U.S. Embassy in Israel even thought that a Facebook contest would be the fairest way to give away tickets to his keynote speech in Jerusalem.

Aynaw scored an invite to the dinner when White House officials heard that she was the first black immigrant to be crowned Miss Israel. She has also said that she looks to Obama as an influential role model.

As Daniel Estrin wrote today in his profile of Aynaw:

In October 2012, while most of her friends traveled to popular post-army destinations in India and Thailand, Aynaw spent the savings she’d earned in the army on a ticket to Addis Ababa. She wanted to come to terms with her mother’s death and face her history. “I never looked at her photos, I never talked about her. I decided to erase everything,” she said. It was a defense mechanism: “I needed to succeed,” she added. “I don’t have parents that I can crash with till I’m a 40 year old.”

All Aynaw needs is an invite from menschy New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera when he visits Israel later this year, and she’ll be golden.

Barack Obama to dine with first black Miss Israel [The Telegraph]
Related: Israel’s Bold New Queen

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OK, she’s gorgeous.

elie says:

Obama goes to meet her just because she is black? if that’s not being RACIST…

    I don’t think it’s purely because she is black. As the first black Israeli beauty queen, she is also a representation of the tolerance and diversity of Israeli society, much in the same way that Obama’s election heralded a new era of acceptance.

    This comment can be read seriously or ironically, per your choosing.

PhillipNagle says:

I don’t care who he eats with, he should spoken before the Kenneset. The fact that plans not to is a slap at Israel.

olonam says:

leftist/ radical ideologues will soon call her choice as Miss Israel “blackwashing” meant to obfuscate supposed Israeli criminality just as “pinkwashing” is the latest bizarre contortion to brand israel as “racist” BECAUSE IT SUPPORTS GAY RiGHTS and CUNY now has a two day pinkwashing hatefest. Or maybe we’ll soon seen hoummous washing and felafel washing.

    Lynne T says:

    Blackwashing more likely. The usual suspects think it’s cultural appropriation for Jews to eat hoummous and felafel, ignoring altogether the selective hijackings from Judaism by the later monotheists.

Andrew says:

Israeli beauty or Israels way to control a tiny piece of Obama . there will be a few chuckles in the oval office over this … very clever …lol

NOT ON PESAH ……………………………….

Xbart says:

USA = AIPAC.
So Sad!

MIckCanberra says:

Yityish is what Israel is about with migrants from Aden to Zimbabwe and all other countries. The real wealth of nations are in their people. Countries like Israel are migrant rich. Islamist dictatorships or other dictatorships where people flee from, lose the wealth that migrants bring. If the Islamist dictatorships that surround Israel began attracting migrants they would be wealthier nations and less pre-occupied with trying to harass and/or destroy Israel.

russell lee says:

I want to see how she looks 70 years from now.

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