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."


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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Biffington, Biff

    "The most important idea for me to reaffirm is the historic, special relationship between the United States and Israel,"

    Obama gives new meaning to "keeping it real"...

    The man is "MONEY" ! He has hit a stride on this foreign policy trip that is nothing short of AMAZING.

    ok, HATERS..... go ahead..... do 'your' jobs and start the 'hating'.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE LAND OF MY FOREFATHERS WILL

    LOVE MY SOON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    July 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Sweetie

    And Humas REALLY Likes you as well.....

    Too bad you have already said and done things that leave the American Jewish vote out of your reach!

    McCain 08

    July 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Carlos

    It's you again Lisa. Give it up.

    July 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. PUMA-SF

    I hope he keeps his mouth shut. Every time he opens it we find out how ignorant he is to issues. This man is not qualified to be president.

    Puma Power

    July 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. JohnBoy

    When do the debates begin?

    Why is Obama scared of the debates?

    Let Americans deside why is the best candidate, no new media questions.

    Mccain 08, the only real American in the race.

    July 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. B.Brown

    Obama is looking and sounding more Presidential by the day. He is showing me that he has what it takes to lead the U.S. on the economy and to the chagrin of some...foreign policy. No surprise there. You don't get to be editor of the Harvard Law Review by being a dummy.

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. The Public

    Dear CNN,
    We are tired of your tabloid reporting and how you present trivial, non-news items as though they are breaking news. We want articles about what the candidates are doing and saying only when they will affect us. We don't care if they shake hands or fist bump; who drove them to the airport; or who you are speculating that their VP will be (unless you have actual facts).

    Please, just give us the news and leave the rest alone.

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Loretta from California

    Boy do I wish that this violence would end. You would think that by now they would know that violence accomplishes nothing.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Tina

    I have been reading this blog since the campaigne began, In the beginning I was skeptical of Senator Obama, but the more I read and learn about him, I to believe he is capable of making a change.

    God Bless Obama.

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. j cotto

    Hopefully, people will start seeing beyond the bull!

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. NotFallingInLine.org

    Would this be the first time Obama has gone to a place where he won't be treated like a rock star?

    Don't worry Senator Obama, your cult followers will still be here to give your great, big ego all the adulation it needs when you get back.

    The Democratic Party leaders have betrayed our core principles of democracy and have failed us all.

    NFIL
    NotFallingInLine.org

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. David Newport, OR

    Every step he takes is a step in the right direction. The World is sick of our egotisitcal stupidity. Time to start correcting this. Argue for your limitations and so they shall be yours.

    July 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Pater servius, Ft. Myers

    We have to do whaaaat.......!!!!!!!

    The liberal left-wing and socialists shout agape!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. CMS

    The Messiah has returned! He will solve Middle East peace! Glory be!

    July 22, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    "PUMA" IS IGNORANT!

    MCSAME IS IGNORANT!

    AMERICAN NEEDS CHANGE

    July 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Sebastian

    We repeatedly see Senator Obama understand the nuances of the human spirit.

    Offending, threatening, degrading, ignoring, marginalizing, occupying any group of people is nowhere on the ROAD to long term peace and stability.

    True, not all men (women) have pure hearts. The challenge for a leading nation (or a leading individual) is to structure an environment where people work to advance there self interests multilaterally.

    When people see that co-operation is the avenue to what they want .... they cooperate.

    July 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I am so proud of Obama. He represents us as a true gentleman. McSame is just a joke. The more he talks, the more people are seeing it. By the way, Obama is NOT responsible for the $4.00 gas. How stupid do McSame's campaign think the American people are. He insults our intelligence!

    July 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Linda31

    The press is now with him, get ready for Obama 24/7!!!! Beautiful and true statement.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Nikole

    @ Lisa,
    Obama has committed to debating McCain. It is July, there is still time to do that. You may not want to push that so soon, as it will also backfire, when Obama kills McCain in a debate.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Rob

    The only true security for Israel lies through long term peace agreements. Obama can be a true partner in these negotiations. Mcwar cannot contribute to these negotiations because he has already declared himself to be "the worst enemy" of the elected Government of Palestine.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Canada for Obama

    Obama has the whole world looking at his every move and keeping their fingers crossed that his common sense approach will fix the backwards war-mind of the recent Republican party.

    McCain does not inspire, McCain insults and ignores. That is not a leader, that is a bully trying to gain popularity in a High School Student Election.

    USA Needs a Leader. The World Needs the US Government to get back on its feet to deal with the REAL threats, not their petty egos.

    Canada Loves Obama!

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Gary

    Finally, a man with a brain that can lead the free world comes on the stage.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Lisa McIntosh

    Yay! I heart you Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    BUSH HE AIN'T, AS MY NIECE SAYS.

    THE ISRAELIS HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS

    OF EDUCATION PER CAPITA IN THE WORLD. I AM SURE

    THEY WILL APPRECIATE THE INTELLIGENCE OF OUR SOON

    TO BE PRESIDENT. HE WILL BE A GREAT PRESIDENT FOR US

    AND A GREAT FRIEND TO ISRAEL.

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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