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)
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