Obama to Visit Israel This Spring
It will be his first trip there as president
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2013 2:16 PM CST
In this March 5 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Obama speaks at the White House.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan in the spring, marking his first visit since becoming president. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit by phone in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's election. The White House has not released the date of Obama's trip or details about Obama's itinerary, but Israel's Channel 10 reported that a visit had been scheduled for March 20.

Although Obama visited Israel and Jordan while running for president in 2008, he hasn't been back since, drawing intense criticism from some pro-Israel groups who have claimed he is insufficiently supportive of the United States' closest ally in the Middle East. Other top administration officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have visited. The trip could help repair Obama's tarnished image in Israel, where many view him as cold to the Jewish state. Israelis vividly remember Obama's decision not to visit when he stopped in neighboring Egypt early in his first term.

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Joe_American
Feb 8, 2013 11:50 PM CST
God bless President Obama. He is a good man. Jesus loves Obama for visiting Israel. God bless America.
HANKHILL
Feb 6, 2013 3:32 PM CST
ayatollah barak hussein obama, one hour in israel the rest of the time with his arab best friends! FUBO-FUBAR!
Vincebus
Feb 6, 2013 5:39 AM CST
How the hell can they ge regarded as 'allies"?! They pretty much have been extorting, if not out-n'-out blackmailing the US since the Clinton era. Obama's gotta cut bait with 'em. Sell 'em all the weapons they want. The US can make a bundle on a 'balance of power' scheme.