Transcript: Obama's speech in Israel
March 21st, 2013
11:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Transcript: Obama's speech in Israel

(CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered remarks in Jerusalem Thursday addressed to the Israeli people. Below is his speech, as prepared for delivery and distributed by the White House.
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March 21st, 2013
07:45 AM ET
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Obama: 'We cannot give up on the search for peace'

Jerusalem (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama visited the West Bank on Thursday, stressing the need for direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a two-state solution.

"The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it," Obama said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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March 20th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
1 year ago

For Obama in Israel, the issues are all in the neighborhood

Jerusalem (CNN) – The United States is Israel's closest and most important ally, and when there are tensions – over issues like Iran, for example, the Israeli complaint is usually something to the effect of "Washington is too far away to fully understand."

Whether or not you agree, it's worth noting Israel's place in an always complicated neighborhood that is especially uncertain at the moment.
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March 20th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
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Obama tells Netanyahu 'it's good to get away from Congress'

(CNN) - Stepping off Air Force One Wednesday in Tel Aviv, President Barack Obama seemed to breathe a sigh of relief at escaping a gridlocked Washington.

"It's good to get away from Congress," Obama was heard telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a formal arrival ceremony at the Ben Gurion Airport. The quip elicited a big laugh from Netanyahu and a grin from Obama, who then posed for photos.
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March 20th, 2013
09:32 AM ET
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Presidential limo breaks down ahead of Obama's arrival

Jerusalem (CNN) - An official limousine awaiting President Barack Obama's arrival in Israel malfunctioned Wednesday but the Secret Service now says the reason for the mechanical problem had nothing to do with the type of fuel used, as first reported.

"The appropriate gas was put in the car," Ed Donovan, spokesman for the Secret Service, told CNN.
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March 20th, 2013
07:23 AM ET
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Obama makes first trip to Israel as president

Jerusalem (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday as concerns about Iran's nuclear progress percolate.

The trip, his first to the country as president, is part of his sweep across the Middle East, which will include visits to the West Bank and Jordan.

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CNN Poll: Most say Israel a friend
March 19th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Most say Israel a friend

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama makes his first visit to Israel since winning the White House more than four years ago, with anything but a warm relationship with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a new national poll indicates that nearly half of all Americans consider Israel to be an ally of the United States, but the survey indicates a wide partisan divide.

And a CNN/ORC International poll also points out that two-thirds of Americans say that Israel and its Arab neighbors will never live in peace. And the public's divided on whether Washington should support Israel if it launches a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear program.
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The U.S. and Israel and the art of relationship maintenance
March 19th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
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The U.S. and Israel and the art of relationship maintenance

Jerusalem (CNN) - It is not a word used often in Israel, but the country's President Shimon Peres sounds downright zen when asked about the personal frostiness between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I think it is more appearance than reality," Peres told CNN in an interview Tuesday morning. "You cannot adopt personal relations to political leadership. You have to face the situation and put aside your own personal feelings."
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March 19th, 2013
07:26 AM ET
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Obama heads to Israel with few expectations, many questions

Jerusalem (CNN) – The banners hanging on Israeli street corners boast of the "Unbreakable Alliance" with the United States, and the Stars and Stripes is flying side by side with the Star of David all across Jerusalem.

It is a proud moment for the host nation. But as President Barack Obama heads to Israel and the West Bank for the first time since moving into the White House, there is no expectation of any significant policy breakthroughs and countless questions about his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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On eve of Israel trip, Obama tells Iran to disarm
March 18th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

On eve of Israel trip, Obama tells Iran to disarm

Washington (CNN) – On the eve of his first trip as president to Israel, President Obama on Monday delivered a message to Iranian's leadership saying that the country will face increased isolation if it continues to pursue a nuclear policy.

The comments came as part of the president's video address to the Iranian people marking the beginning of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
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