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Obama may scrap visit to Ramallah
Published Wednesday 13/03/2013 (updated) 15/03/2013 09:56
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- US President Barack Obama could skip Ramallah during his upcoming visit to the region, a Palestinian Authority source said Wednesday.

Obama will meet President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and will spend only four hours in the West Bank during the trip, which will include a visit to the Nativity Church, said the government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for the US consulate in Jerusalem did not immediately return a call late Wednesday.

Washington has not yet released a schedule for the trip, but Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on March 20 and depart two days later after visiting the West Bank.
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1 ) Mel / USA
13/03/2013 22:08
NO! Mr-US Constitutional-lawyer,Civil Rights,1st Black-Pressie of our US of America."Scrap" the visit to ISRAEL,instead!! Until Israel deserves our time & patronage.Israel & political Zionism have NO RESPECT for USA,our BILLIONS in taxes that we bestow on them annually,& they contradict our national values,principles,& human rights,as OUR GOVT does too!So,take a plane Barack,to Cairo,go to PALESTINE thru' Rafah&Gaza! Just put on yerJEANS,& visit those who do really care about respect&democracy!

2 ) gabi / australia
14/03/2013 00:37
Bloody hell - 4 hour in the West Bank! Well, that will give him the opportunity to learn a hell of a lot about the effects of the occupation, won't it?

3 ) Lynx / Palestine
14/03/2013 06:20
Great news. Please do us a favor and dont come to Palestine. We welcome statesmen not marionettes.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/03/2013 08:02
Useless, pointless trip. There is no Israeli government yet. There is no Palestinian government (aka "reconciliation" yet). Obama couldn't restart the peace process next week even if everybody wanted it. The only thing he can do is continue to Amman and give Jordan a few billion dollars, after dropping a few hundred million off with Abbas.

5 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
14/03/2013 11:36
Not surprising since we are told the Palestinian people in the West Bank are organizing massive demos against Obama to expose his double standards

6 ) AKeenReader / UK
14/03/2013 12:26
US already knows that likely reception he will get from Palestinians and that's what their fear is. What else does he expect for his one sided policy. Shame on him for his false promises to the Arabs.

7 ) Nour / 1-State
14/03/2013 13:04
Pelt him with shoes and tomatoes - wherever he goes. The sacred soil of Palestine must not be polluted by the feet of this cynical, double-faced, interest groups front man posing as the president of a "super power".

8 ) Mel / USA
14/03/2013 14:40
President Obama?If you're worried about upsetting Zionist Lobbyists,or our American Jewish voters/donors,here's a press statement you can offer the Palestinians,in denouncing Israel's preference for apartheid,that sounds more STATESMAN-like. "Don't settle for segregation to please your occupiers,or you recognize their false superiority",& think about MLK Jnr,Abe Lincoln,Gandhi,& the ALL the people,ever locked/"transferred"into ethnic CAMPS like West Bank,Gaza,Auschwitz,Soweto,Warsaw...??

9 ) Arnold / Canada
14/03/2013 16:14
I do not believe anything till the itinerary is set. All this is speculation. But if true maybe it is payback for the Pals running to the UN when Obama asked them not to.

10 ) Lynx / Palestine
14/03/2013 18:24
#9 We no longer care for the American hypocrits monopolizing the right to fake a peace process while we are butchered and robbed in daylight. Turns out America hasalways had an evil and selfish agenda in the region. No, Palestinians are sick of being trampled on. We will depose Abbas first..then move on the filthy Occupation and its segregationist, colonial regime.

11 ) Outlier / USA
14/03/2013 23:34
Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The President may not be perfect, but he has the power to make a real difference in achieving peace and a Palestinian state. If Palestinians do not show him respect, he will not use that power on their behalf.

12 ) Mel / USA
15/03/2013 16:36
#11:Outlier/USA:"do not show him respect,...will not use that power on their behalf."?PALS have ALWAYS shown US leaders respect.Often,more than deserved,as USG refuses to restrain Zionism,or hold Israel accountable 4 its increasing persecution,colonization,war crimes,against ALL democracy/pluralism in the Holy Land.Waiting,respectfully even UNDER DRONES&BOMBS! Our POTUS's "miss"every"opportunity",when they selectively DON'T use their"power" for POSITIVE peace! ISRAEL needs to SHOW USA"respect"!

13 ) Outlier / USA
18/03/2013 20:06
12, Sorry Mel, if I was not blunt enough. The President is the only person with the power to push Israel into meaningful concessions on the path of peace. If the Palestinians want those concessions, they will treat him with respect. If not, they should be prepared to wait another generation for peace.
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