Israel Political Brief February 6, 2013: White House: Obama will not bring a new peace plan to Israel

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White House: Obama will not bring a new peace plan to Israel

Source: Haaretz, 2-6-13

Spokesman Jay Carney says U.S. president’s trip, which is scheduled for the end of March, is not connected to efforts to restart Mideast peace talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 5, 2013: US Press Secretary Jay Carney Announces President Barack Obama Will Visit Israel in March

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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Obama to Visit Israel

Source: JTA, 2-5-13

President Obama will make his first visit to Israel as president in the spring, a White House official said.

Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, told reporters about the trip in a briefing Tuesday.

Carney said Obama discussed the planned trip during a recent phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama also will meet with Palestinian leaders and visit Jordan, he said during the daily briefing with reporters….READ MORE

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/5/13

Q    One more.  Israeli television says the President will visit there on March 20.

MR. CARNEY:  That’s a statement.  Do you have a question?

Q    Yes.  (Laughter.)  Will he?

MR. CARNEY:  When the President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu on January 28th, they discussed a visit by the President to Israel in the spring.  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 of course Iran and Syria.  Additional details about the trip, including the dates of travel, will be released at a later time.

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