July 22nd, 2008
05:00 PM ET
13 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. Lisa

    Now this is too much!!

    July 22, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Lisa

    This is why people think Obama walks on water, the media make him out to be some kind of God when he's not. He's just the average man from Chicago with no experience sliding his way through the process without debating.

    July 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Louis

    President Obama!

    July 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Boy Mccain did your wishes backfire. You bashed Obama about not going overseas and now that he is there and everyone is in love with him you bash him some more. Sounds like jealousy to me. Why don't you just drop out of this race. You mean america no good and besides that your a proven Liar.

    July 22, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. JD

    OMG, he actually landed in Israel! Wow, he is really something! What will BHO do next? Get back in the plane and take off from Israel? This is just OVERWHELMING!!

    July 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. aaa

    yes! go obama we want to see you in our white house

    July 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    I’d for one like to thank Barack for what he’s doing overseas. I can’t remember the last time we had so many world leaders and citizens of other nations as anxious as they are now in hearing what one of our premier political figures has to say.

    Not to mention when he speaks, he actually knows what he’s talking about and is able to construct constructive and articulate statements. I’ve grown accustomed over the past eight years of people domestically and abroad running from the presence and words of these ‘politicians’. Barack appears to be genuine in his ability to actually want to hear the concerns of these individuals.

    It will be amazing or should I say less so, the criticism he will face for being liked by those other than left of center Americans or those disaffected by the last eight years. Who knew being liked around the world would be such a bad thing.

    Praying and hoping for continued success in the journey's ahead.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Canada observing

    Lets trust he can stand by his convictions on Jerusalem and not succumb to the inevitable pressures that will be brought to bear on him at this time of intense scrutiny and expectation from him. Its not only Americans who are looking at BO for real leadership in international issues.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. JA Cook

    How nice to see an American speaking of something other than bombing someone. I'm tired of being seen as a country of war mongers.

    Bush, McCain, Rove, Cheney have tarnished our image badly. Time for a new era.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Abby

    Get home safely, Senator! Good luck!

    Lisa, what are you bitter about this time? what's too much?

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. EDW


    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Shawna

    McCain asked for this, so now he is going to have to deal with Obama not only on a National level but also as an international phenom

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. JD

    I hear he's left a trail of blossoming cherry trees in his wake! Just like KIng Arthur did in "Excalibur"!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Mike

    This is hilarious, Bush sucks so bad we didn't even bother to impeach him. We just sent our new president to clean up.

    July 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Philly Abe

    "the Special Relationship" – Ya'll do whatever you want to whomever you want and we'll pay for it.

    July 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Truth

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. no no no!

    for the first time in my adult life i am really proud of America.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Debby, NJ

    What a man, he never looks exhausted or winded

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Kristara Barrington

    I vividly recall John McCain calling Senator Obama “reckless and naïve” and yet, repeatedly we see nations around the world, as well as the Bush administration and John McCain following the foreign policy LEAD of Obama

    Once Obama called for more brigades in Afghanistan, McCain COPIES Obama

    Obama said we must engage in dialog with our enemies and be willing to solve problems diplomatically as well as militarily. Since that time

    – Isreal has opened discussions with Syria
    – The Bush Administration has agreed to meet with Iran on nuclear
    – The Iraqi Prime Minister has called for a timetable for US troops to be removed from Iraq

    Not to mention Obama being right about the US fighting the Iraq war to begin with.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What right does Obama have to reaffirm anything? He's not the President yet, and he doesn't speak for the US.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Fred

    I bet he is so sleepy.

    July 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Joe Reg

    Now we will have to support the Prince of Peace.

    Not the usual doubletalk or drunken talk.

    The tour of duty is going very well for America.

    Landslide Obama.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. georgie

    if he defeats terrorism, what are his friends going to do? The guy is so full of himself. Please excuse me while I go throw up.......crap, its too late.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. NPA

    Is there a way I can follow his schedule pseudo-live? I wish I could be there with Obama. It's kind of tough just waiting for snippets from the ticker.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Lisa Q

    For once I agree ......

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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