July 22nd, 2008
05:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama lands in Israel

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/22/art.obamaisrael.ap.jpg caption="Obama is now in Israel."](CNN) - Barack Obama landed in Israel Tuesday evening, telling members of the media one of his goals was to reaffirm the United States' "special relationship" with the country.

"The most important idea for me to reaffirm is the historic, special relationship between the United States and Israel," Obama said at Ben Gurion airport. "One that cannot be broken, one that I have affirmed through out my career, and one that I would intend to not only continue but actually strengthen in an Obama administration.

Obama also expressed sadness over an attack in downtown Jerusalem earlier Tuesday that injured five people. A Palestinian man rammed a construction vehicle into cars and buses before he was shot and killed near the hotel where Obama is scheduled to stay.

“It's just one more reminder of why we have to work diligently, urgently, and in a unified way to defeat terrorism," he said. "There are no excuses, and I am absolutely committed to working with the Israeli government to make sure these kinds of occurrences do not happen and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have suffered as a consequence of today's vicious attacks."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Tina, VA

    Barack said "he couldn't snap his fingers and bring peace to the Middle East". What part of that do you haters not get?

    Barack Obama, my next president and yours as well.

    July 22, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. sarah

    please cnn please tell us what he ate for each meal, what he drank, did he yawn, sneeze, cough, what did those sound like? we are so sick of you ramming this hot air vendor down our throats so why not just give up the cheering section and report the real news.

    July 22, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Debby

    Hey if Obama is anti-war how is he going to defeat terrorism??????

    July 22, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Angie

    Boy are you guys jealous. Don't hate, celebrate.

    Barack Obama, my next POTUS.

    July 22, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Christina

    OMG – leave Lisa alone! lol She's only expressing her rightful opinion. Can't Obama supporters express their own opinions without picking on others?? They do this throughout all online news forums – it's disgusting. Quit it already.

    With that said – Obama is inexperienced and that smile, lol (mrs. white – great reason to vote for him – not!) will not last forever. I'll know who I'll vote for in November and it won't be OBama! Yes, I'm a Clinton supporter and he's NEVER received my support. Not then, not now, just possibly in the future... when he moves from training pants to underwears.

    July 22, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Jim

    Well the Republicans just picked the worst president of all time in George Bush. They must be the ultimate losers. Losers like Rick

    July 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. The Oracle

    Lol.....Lisa, I told your handlers about letting you loose on a PC without your meds.....

    July 22, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Hope Obama goes to the big cement wall and razor wire Israel has erected. One would think that after the Holocaust and ghettos, Israel would be the last ones to go around building walls. The wall has seriously cut off commerce and the Palestinians earn roughly 10% of what those outside the wall earn. It's appalling. Reminds me of history and what the Nazis did with their walls.

    July 22, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Wow, so today at least Obama is not a socialist, he's back to being arrogant. Is this because he speaks well and is confident?

    Give me a break. Yes, McCain served his country in Vietnam. What else? He began some things in the Senate but now is against them because it paints him as "too liberal".

    Don't worry about Obama showing up for the debates folks. McCain is the one who won't debate, preferring set up questions in a "town hall".

    July 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Paris

    Obama is so arrogant that he can’t even admit when he is wrong.
    What a stubborn one sided man he is.
    f he can’t even admit that the surge worked and accept the positives it brought how is he going to bring both sides together?

    Obama bragged about judgment, with his pastor he showed us he has none.
    Obama bragged about unity, with his refusal to acknowledge the effectiveness of the surge he showed us how one sided is.

    Obama’s inexperience was again highlighted when he repeated his private talks with Iraqi’s PM.

    Obama is dangerous for our nation

    July 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Mona, VT

    "Dreams From My Father" is a great read.

    Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Tony, Miami


    Is this what you are interested in? wow. Get a hold on yourself.

    July 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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