Obama Camp Spills Some Details on Foreign Trip

Israel, in particular, presents tricky schedule for Democrat
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s team released a few details about their candidate's trip abroad today, but the time frame remains tightly under wraps. Israel in particular presents a maze of meetings for the Democrat, who’ll see not only president Shimon Peres, but scandal-plagued prime minister Ehud Olmert and three potential replacements. Obama will also meet with the Palestinian president and prime minister, USA Today reports.

A rep said Obama himself decided it was “too presumptuous” to speak at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, site of famous Kennedy and Reagan engagements. Separately, John McCain might have stepped on Obama’s scheduling toes, Reuters reports—saying today, “I believe that either today or tomorrow … Obama will be landing in Iraq.”