And I thought the Jerusalem Post was an English-language newspaper.
Maybe the Jerusalem Post is just taking artistical license with the language.
I think that suffix is far more common in England than in America. The same may be true of Israel.
Usage Note: Historic and historical have different usages, though their senses overlap. Historic refers to what is important in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. It is also used of what is famous or interesting because of its association with persons or events in history: a historic house. Historical refers to whatever existed in the past, whether regarded as important or not: a minor historical character. Historical also refers to anything concerned with history or the study of the past: a historical novel; historical discoveries. While these distinctions are useful, these words are often used interchangeably, as in historic times or historical times.
If GW follows Kennedy's example, it could rightly be termed an historic visit.
Thousands of rockets have fallen on Sderot and its surroundings since the Palestinians responded to the formal offer of a state in 2000 — in all of Gaza, 97% of the West Bank, and a capital in Jerusalem — by waging a barbaric war against Israeli civilians.
(And no, the security barriers around Gaza and the West Bank are to keep certain elements out, not to keep citizens in -- so they don't compare in the least with the Berlin wall.)
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
-- from "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost