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Obama to visit Palestine, Israel in spring
Published Tuesday 05/02/2013 (updated) 07/02/2013 13:19
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US President Barack Obama speaks during his victory speech
in Chicago, Nov. 7, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- US President Barack Obama will visit the region in March to restart the Middle East peace process, an Israeli television station reported Tuesday.

Channel 10 reported that aides to the American leader were in the region preparing for a March 20 visit that would include cities in Israel as well as the occupied West Bank.

The report quoted political sources as saying Obama’s trip will come after the new Israeli coalition government is sworn in. He will try to push forward peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama planned to visit the West Bank and Jordan as part of the upcoming trip to the Middle East.

Earlier, Carney confirmed Obama would travel to Israel in the spring, his first trip to the country since taking office, but dates for the trip were not released. Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian and Jordanian leaders during the tour, Carney said.

A White House official told Reuters that Obama and Netanyahu discussed the matter in a telephone call on Jan. 28.

"The start of the president's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," the official said.

"Additional details about the trip -- including the dates of travel -- will be released at a later time."
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1 ) Stop the BS / Canada
05/02/2013 23:12
Abbas should refuse to get involved in another photo- op that goes nowhere unless settlements are stopped. You can't add credibility to this charade while Israel continues to steal the land.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/02/2013 23:18
Here's hoping Israel is dumb enough to give Obama a conspicuously hostile reception. I recommend publicly spitting on him. That'll get even America to sit up and take notice.

3 ) Nasser / Birzeit University
05/02/2013 23:32
In other words, it is not a visit, President Obama wanted to support and ensure U.S. commitment to security of Israel.

4 ) shirleyS / australia
06/02/2013 00:07
the war criminal visits he who started LIBYA war and has continued killing of MUSLIMS in afghanistan and pakistan it is reported that TNC in libya are about to execute SAIF al ISLAM and SANsaoui on 17 th febuary 2013for defending their country against NATO andzionists and the lies told to kill gaddfhi and install the US Isreal stooge gov who are allowing Isreal to build a military basethere and carve up the country and where this US criminal has ever supported pals

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
06/02/2013 00:49
A), The damn phone call from President Obama to our Prime Minister was a complete waste of time. Netanyahu would not ungraciously refuse the U.S. President's visit to Israel but it was obviously done to somehow hope Obama can influence the resumption of "peace" talks. There's a better chance of Hamas and Fatah joining our coalition government than achieving that crap. B), When Obama goes to the W. Bank maybe President Abbas can take him on a tour of our settlements !!! Show him E-1 !!!

6 ) Obama to visit Palestine, Isr / Australia
06/02/2013 00:53
Funny headline. You mean "President to visit State of Israel, State of Palestine and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan" ... according to overwhelming majority of UN member states.

7 ) NO MAAN / PALESTINE
06/02/2013 06:06
Obama to Visit Palestine, Israel Whats so hard to get?

8 ) Rami / Palestine
06/02/2013 08:16
Here, let me edit this for you: ""The start of the president's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel [proving America is biased and not impartial as a negotiator and shares no bond whatsoever with the Palestinians] and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria [who have nothing at all to do with the occupation conflict].

9 ) gabi / australia
06/02/2013 09:06
Yehuda Solomon - you're gloating again!

10 ) Nizar / Tanzania
06/02/2013 10:15
Let’s rid ourselves of this illusion that US is an honest broker “Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly on

11 ) Mel / USA
06/02/2013 16:14
Yawn!Not impressed Mr POTUS!Going to pay fellow DRONERS a visit?Or,sign another gift supplemental,of our US tax-payer money to Israel?You're NOT visiting Palestine,you're paying HOMAGE to Zionist Israel only!Make up your mindObama! POTUS?Or plantation slave to Zionism?Everything that's brokered thru' D.C.as a "peace plan",is what MLK called "negative peace" ie. Palestinians accept their"lot"from occupying/separatist Zionism.NO THANKU!GO TO GAZA!Lay a wreath there & U won't need a yamika as YOKE!

12 ) Reader / from Edmonton
06/02/2013 18:56
President Obama doesn't even seem to know where Palestine is? 138 other UN members do. Will someone show him the way?

13 ) Reader / from Edmonton
06/02/2013 19:08
Even more UN members know where Israel isn't. There's something else someone should show President Obama. President Truman knew Israel's borders. And there aren't where Israel claims they are.
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