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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Obama’s Goals For First Israel Visit

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tour the Iron Dome Battery defense system, at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tour the Iron Dome Battery defense system, at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama has arrived in Israel, just as new government is taking office there.

It’s the first foreign trip of his second term, but more importantly, it’s his first visit to Israel as president.

The White House has already said Obama will not be bringing with him any sort of new Middle East peace initiative.

So what is the purpose of his visit, given his rocky relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?

What would you like to hear President Obama say during his Israel trip? Tell us on Facebook.

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    We should consider supporting Israel when it complies with the UN resolutions.
    Until that happens,  support should be minimal.

    GWB invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein did not comply with UN resolutions to hand over the WMDs (that he didn’t have and could not hand over). Yet Israel can do whatever it wants with nothing more than a “tsk, tsk” from the USA.

  • Clara

    Cut off all foreign aid to this rogue, terrorist and pariah state created by the British and let them die. 

    Is Israel Our Friend?“Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”   — John Sheehan, S.J. (a Jesuit priest)

  • C. Robertson MA

    Obama should strongly state  apartheid is wrong ;  there will be no $$$ from USA until settlement building stops;  Israel admits  faults are on both sides, Israel stays at table and acts for fairness and peace.
    Otherwise no more $$$ or weapons from USA.

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