Obama in Israel

Pres. Obama made his first visit to Israel on March 20— and only his second to

the Middle East — since taking office.

He also made his first trips as president to the Palestinian

Authority and Jordan this week.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, walks out with Rabbi Meir Lau, left, after visiting the Hall of Remembrance at the Vad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walk in the Church of the Nativity during their visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, flanked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun, are joined by children at the Church of the Nativity during their visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, flanked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun, are joined by children at the Church of the Nativity during their visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, front left, walk along to red carpet for a troop review during an arrival ceremony as Obama arrives at the Muqata Presidential Compound Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Barack Obama, con la mano en el pecho, escucha el himno de EEUU entre el primer ministro y el presidente israelíes.

Barack Obama, con la mano en el pecho, escucha el himno de EEUU entre el primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu (dcha), y el presidente Simón Peres, este miércoles en Tel Aviv. Obama llegó a Israel en su primera visita como presidente de EEUU, que le conducirá igualmente a los territorios palestinos, con el único objetivo declarado de "escuchar", pero no de lanzar una iniciativa para la paz. (AFP | Jack Guez)

US President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. President Barack Obama is declaring common cause with Israel, highlighting the bonds between the United States and its Mideast ally. He says he has made Israel the first stop of the first trip of his second term to restate his commitment to Israel's security. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

US President Barack Obama, left, and Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netayahu laugh during a welcoming ceremony upon Obama's arrival at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. President Barack Obama is declaring common cause with Israel, highlighting the bonds between the United States and its Mideast ally. He says he has made Israel the first stop of the first trip of his second term to restate his commitment to Israel's security. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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