Former Obama diplomat calls Mideast trip a success
Mitchell and Netanyahu meet in 2010.
March 23rd, 2013
06:28 PM ET
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Former Obama diplomat calls Mideast trip a success

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's former special envoy to the Middle East lauded the president's trip to the region this week, describing it in an interview on CNN "Newsroom" on Saturday as "both significant and successful."

Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Jordan's King Abdullah before boarding his flight back to the White House Saturday morning.
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Obama takes it easy on the last day of a busy Mideast visit
March 23rd, 2013
02:03 PM ET
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Obama takes it easy on the last day of a busy Mideast visit

Jerusalem (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama wraps up his trip to the Middle East on Saturday with a walking tour of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

The city's breathtaking architecture features buildings partly carved into stone cliffs and combines eastern culture with ancient Greek constructions. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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March 22nd, 2013
12:26 PM ET
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Obama gets diplomatic coup before heading to Jordan

Jerusalem (CNN) - President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan on Friday after scoring a diplomatic coup just before leaving Israel when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart to apologize for the Israeli commando raid in 2010 that killed eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin in a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The apology, long sought by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, could help restore normal relations between Turkey and Israel, two vital U.S. allies in the Middle East.

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Places so close, yet so far apart
March 21st, 2013
11:23 AM ET
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Walking through Ramallah and Gaza, political differences become real

Jerusalem (CNN) - The most complicated neighborhood in the world is even more uncertain these days, and what you see ranges from breathtaking to heart-stopping.

In Ramallah, West Bank, there are fancier cars and more economic activity than when I last visited five years ago.

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

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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