Israel Political Brief March 20, 2013: President Barack Obama departs for Israel in Air Force One

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President Obama departs for Israel in Air Force One

Source: Haaretz, 3-20-13

U.S. President Barack Obama will land this afternoon for his first visit to Israel since becoming president over four years ago….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 20, 2013: Live Blogging: Obama’s Israel Visit ביקור אובמה בישראל: שידורים חיים בחדשות

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ביקור אובמה בישראל: שידורים חיים בחדשות

Source: Nana 10, 3-19-13

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Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: US Secretary of State John Kerry in Israel on eve of President Barack Obama visit

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Kerry in Israel on eve of Obama visit

Source: Ynetnews, 3-19-13

A poll released on Tuesday by the independent Israel Democracy Institute showed 51% of the Jewish Israeli respondents considered Obama to be neutral in his attitude to Israel, while 53.5% did not trust him to safeguard what they perceived to be Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Israel in final preparations for Obama visit

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Israel in final preparations for Obama visit

Police, rescue forces and president’s staff all tying up loose ends before US president arrives

Source: Ynetnews, 3-19-13

Photo: AP

The clock is ticking towards Obama’s Wednesday arrival. A flurry of final preparations are at their height – from security and protocol arrangements, to culinary and entertainment planning – every single detail is being taken into consideration….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: US and Israeli Embassies give Obama’s visit a whimsical twist

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U.S. and Israeli diplomats give Obama’s visit a whimsical twist

In an attempt to cast contention aside, the Israeli embassy in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv release amusing videos ahead of U.S. president’s trip to the Holy Land.

Source: Haaretz, 3-19-13

Screenshot from video released by the Israeli embassy in Washington ahead of Obama's vist

Screenshot from video released by the Israeli embassy in Washington, depicting Netanyahu and Obama’s upcoming press conference. Photo by Screenshot

U.S. President Obama‘s visit to Israel brings with it many amusing public diplomacy videos, which are being disseminated by the Israeli embassy in Washington DC and the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. Both Israeli and American diplomats are trying to cast aside the differences and disagreements and are hoping that their message of an unshakeable U.S.-Israeli alliance will go viral on the Internet….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Jerusalem scrambles to prepare for Obama visit

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Jerusalem scrambles to prepare for Obama visit

Source: Haaretz, 3-19-13

Preparations for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel are on a scale unprecedented in this country – bigger, for example, than for the French president or the British prime minister, according to the Foreign Ministry….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon

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Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon

Source: Haaretz, 3-19-13

Israel’s Defense Ministry officially passes from Ehud Barak to Moshe Ya’alon. Moshe Ya’alon – a former IDF chief, strategic affairs minister, and vice premier – replaced Ehud Barak after six years on the job….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Jerusalem Post poll: Obama lacks support among Israelis

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‘Post’ poll: Obama lacks support among Israelis

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-19-13

The poll of 500 Israelis representing a sample of the adult population found that 36 percent considered the Obama administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, 26% said it was more pro-Israel than pro- Palestinian, and 26% called it neutral….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: US President Barack Obama’s Middle East Trip to Israel March 20-23, 2013 Schedule

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President Obama’s Middle East Trip March 20-23, 2013

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Middle East Trip 2013

In the first foreign trip of his second term in office, President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.

Trip Schedule

WEDNESDAY

  • President Obama will arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, marking the President’s first trip to Israel as President of the United States.
  • President Obama will view an *Iron Dome Battery in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Later, President Obama will attend a bilateral meeting with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama will attend a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, followed by a press conference.
  • In the evening, President Obama will attend a working dinner hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

* Iron Dome is a short range rocket and mortar defense system, which was developed by Israel and produced with U.S. assistance. The Iron Dome system has saved countless Israeli lives, most recently during the November 2012 Gaza conflict.

THURSDAY

  • President Obama will visit the Israel Museum, where he will view the Dead Sea Scrolls and also attend a technology expo.
  • President Obama will travel to Ramallah, West Bank where he will be greeted with an official arrival ceremony.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas.
  • President Obama will participate in a working lunch with Palestinian Authority President Abbas followed by a press conference.
  • Later, President Obama will attend a cultural event at Al-Bireh Youth Center and will meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad.
  • President Obama will give a speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center.
  • In the evening, President Obama will attend a dinner hosted by Israeli President Peres and will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction.

FRIDAY

  • The President will attend wreath laying ceremonies at Mount Herzl at the grave sites of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin.
  • President Obama will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and participate in a wreath laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama will travel to Bethlehem where he will tour the Church of the Nativity.
  • President Obama will travel to Amman, Jordan where he will be greeted by an official arrival ceremony.
  • President Obama will have a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan followed by a press conference.
  • In the evening, the President will have dinner with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

SATURDAY

  • President Obama will travel to Petra.
  • President Obama will begin his journey back to the United States.

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