Political Headlines February 5, 2013: Barack Obama to Make First Trip to Israel as President





Obama to Make First Trip to Israel as President

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-5-13

Official Archival White House Photo by Pete Souza

For the first time since taking office, President Obama is going to Israel, and the stakes are high.

The White House confirms he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a January phone conversation that the time is right for a visit….

A date for the trip has not yet been announced, but reports say the trip will most likely happen in March….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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