July 14th, 2008
07:59 AM ET
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Obama to visit West Bank, Palestinian official says

Barack Obama is expected to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on July 23,
Barack Obama is expected to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on July 23,

JERUSALEM (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama will be visiting the Palestinian Authority president in the West Bank next week, a Palestinian government official said Monday.

Obama will be meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on July 23, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

Obama is expected to visit Israel, but officials could not yet confirm what his plans are there. Erakat was in Paris, France, where Abbas had been attending a summit.

The Obama campaign had no comment on the report.

Abbas held talks Sunday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of a sweeping summit launching the Union for the Mediterranean, bringing together leaders of more than 40 nations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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  1. Gene

    This man with little or no knowledge or experience in foreign affairs going around and meeting with the heads of states in these crirtcal parts of the world, for politcal reasons, is disgraceful. God knows what he is likely to say. He is a serial flip flopper and he has a history of telling people what they want to hear and not the opposite. Look at his long history with the Rev. Wright and not once taking issue with the man on his anti America remarks.

    July 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. James B. New Jersey

    Roberta, NC and A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square you are both ignorant.

    July 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I hope he uses Mapquest to get there. With his foreign policy experience he might end up in Chile by mistake.

    July 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Election day is the only poll that matters

    Palestine, eh? Looks like the New Yorker cover may not have been that far off the mark, after all. By the way, when will Mr. Chamberlain, er, uh, I mean Mr. OBAMA (sorry, my mistake) be meeting with Chancellor Hitler?

    July 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    IF DAVID REMNICK , EDITOR OF THE NEW YORKER,

    HAD ANY BALLS, HE WOULD HAVE PUT DICK & GEORGE

    IN THOSE OUTFITS. THEY ARE THE ONES HOLDING

    HANDS WITH THE SAUDI LEADERS & GIVING OUR

    COUNTRY AWAY.

    July 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    To all those who commented in the idocy of "Nightingale", THANKS.

    This person should change his/her? name to TURKEY!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. karen-phoenix

    Obama was soooo interesting and informed Sun with his interview with Zakardeea!!! He understand foreign policy and world afairs far more than McCain ever will!!! Every American should have seen it!!! The New Yorker must be backed by big oil and corporate sleeze to have done what they did!!!! It will backfire on them. Never again will I buy the new yorker!!! Go Obama!!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. David Goldman

    AND WHO HAS BEEN GIVING THIS NATION AWAY?

    IT CERTAINLY HAS NOT BEEN OBAMA.

    I DID NOT KNOW HOW RACIST & IGNORANT SOME

    OF MY AMERICANS ARE. AND SINCE I AM A TEACHER,

    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

    July 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Real Change

    And now watch the Republicans act exactly as the “New Yorker Magazine” was lampooning them for acting.

    July 14, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. The True IS!!!!!!

    Dr.Mimi De La Cruz
    IF DAVID REMNICK , EDITOR OF THE NEW YORKER,

    HAD ANY BALLS, HE WOULD HAVE PUT DICK & GEORGE

    IN THOSE OUTFITS. THEY ARE THE ONES HOLDING

    HANDS WITH THE SAUDI LEADERS & GIVING OUR

    COUNTRY AWAY..........DITTO!!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. scotty

    Will this be like the german stop for a great Photo Opt.

    July 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Griff

    You will be on very unsafe ground, Mr Obama... You would be better to stay home... If the USA, "is" your Home...

    July 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. JW

    Dang Nightingale, it's gonna be a long 8 years for you and your fellow Fascists Bushies.

    July 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Ariana

    To all those who say Obama is a joke....well apparently NOT. He beat the Clintons!!!!! Not just Hillary, but both of them...so apparently he's alot more than just a joke.

    July 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. The US abolishes centuries old practices: racism, status quo,entitlement, clintons

    We need to COLLABORATE and ENGAGE not to DISCRMINATE and DISENGAGE other countries..

    We need DIALOGUE not WAR

    WAR is not the ANSWER
    VIOLENCE is not the ANSWER

    the US is made up of amazing individuals, who always want a better world, and of people who are caring..

    Mr. President Obama, the people and the world awaits your leadership... dont be afraid of the few who hate, who are racists, elitists, and believe in the good of the few ONLY..

    July 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. john williams san diego, ca.

    Osama is taking the best friend of Hamas with him–Jimmy Carter-those two men have much in common.

    July 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Sharon

    Adriana – He played dirty politics just like the Republicans. He was selected not elected .

    July 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Peter E

    Did someone mention to Obama that 'West Bank' is not a financial institution where he can get more campaign money from?

    July 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. But I'm not laughing

    Obama is a bad joke.

    July 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. I'm still not laughing

    How can anyone say that Barack Obama is a Muslim? I mean I could understand it if his father was Muslim since according to the Islamic tradition that would make him.....Look, Bush and McCain are embracing!

    July 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. M.S. Indiana

    Andy J, NY

    I am sorry to tell you this one, the world do not see Obama as weak, but as a person they can trust and be friends with, instead of fear and war mongering McCain...

    July 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. DEBBY

    If I were the OBAMA"S i would sue the hell out of the New Yorker!!!
    GET USED TO IT BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    BARACK THE VOTE!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I don't think that Obama's visits to foreign countries should be ANNOUNCED ANY- AND EVERYWHERE, MEDIA, ETC.! However, the opposite should be true for George W. Bush, Cheney!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. tech

    I TRULY FEEL SORRY FOR Americans, with your ecomony in a recession morgage crisis, 2 unwinnable way, record unemployment. the world and those who care about this continent are hoping waiting and playing for the change that will help those who are suffering or being impacted my the previous 7 years of making things worst. God help you all if they get back in.

    CONCERNED Canadian.

    July 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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