March 19th, 2013
08:17 PM ET

Obama takes off for Israel, West Bank

President Barack Obama departed Joint Base Andrews Tuesday evening aboard Air Force One for his first visit to Israel and the West Bank since he became president in 2009.

Iran is the top issue as Obama heads to Jerusalem for meetings with Israeli officials, including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The prime minister has at times voiced concerns Washington has a less urgent view than Israel of Iran's progress toward developing a nuclear warhead. But Netanyahu has welcomed the administration's more muscular language of late that "all options" are on the table and that its policy is to prevent - not contain - a nuclear Iran.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Funny–he doesn't look Jewish.
    I'd never have known.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    A farce , this visit.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    A pity really.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    It should have been a forceful push for peace & resolution of the festering Is/Pal conflict.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    More was expected from a second term Pr.Obama.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    "He would be grilled", "He would be pressured" say the voices of Likud. President of the US of A.
    The above pic speaks volume.

    March 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ..

    Saywhat, what is it that you expect the President to do? Do you expect him to cut Israel off completely and totally to spite his face? He's a diplomat, man. He has to do what's good for the US. Get it right.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    To do what is good for the US?
    Are you sure our lopsided foreign policy and approach to M.East has served US interests? Quite the contrary.The second term Pr.Obama should get the peace process started equitably & forcefully? No ifs and buts. Imperative for US geoploitical interests.

    March 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Time we got it right.

    March 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    And yes Time WE got it right.

    March 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert

    I agree

    March 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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