Next week President Obama makes his first trip to Israel since he was elected president. He will meet with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders on this trip, as well as visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Shrine of the Book (home of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and speak to college students in Jerusalem. This is a crucial trip as relations between the U.S. and Israel have been strained in recent years.
President Obama is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and may also meet with opposition leaders in Israel’s Knesset. Mr. Obama will also hold talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Though some early rumors had suggested that the president would unveil a wide-ranging peace initiative, White House aides have been lowering expectations regarding any major announcements being made on this visit.
President Obama continues to prod both the Israelis and the Palestinians to return to peace talks and promote the early creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. It is unclear that any serious progress will be made toward that end during this trip. Israel continues to focus on the threat of Iran’s nuclear program, and military sources have indicated the U.S. delegation will focus a great deal of attention on trying to dissuade Israel from launching a military campaign aimed at halting Iran’s work toward attaining nuclear weapons.
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