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. Joy

    Hail to the Messiah "Obama"!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Kind of nice to see something other than McCain't or one of his attack dogs repeating the same old drivel about the surge, islamofacists, winning wars ... blah, blah, blah.

    Can't wait for the media to give Grampy the attention he's so desperately asking for as he stumbles, bumbles and grumbles his way through this campaign without a clue. Looks like his volunteers and supporters aren't likin' his staff too well these days. What can one say with staff like that trying to package damaged goods as a "maverick"?

    July 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    Hopefully he stays there and never comes back.

    July 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. sarah

    whats he gonna do speechify them all into submission?

    July 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Griff

    When I serviced Office Machine's, "Save my Stuff"... I have put so much work into this Machine... Borack Obama "Stuff", does not exist... John MCCain has so much valuable Information.... You lose that Memory, even if he is a little slow in the Process.... So decide???

    July 22, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. hakeemsdad, Florida

    There is nothing wrong with acknowledging, respecting, talking with other nations. Problems won't be solved without talking to each other and understanding each other. The key to peace across the world is talking and respecting everyone. Then you can agree on a decision that will be accepted and respected by all.

    Haven't we had enough of wars, killings, murders, stealings, ignoring, disrespecting, trying to shape other nations future, destroying, etc.
    How many more Americans, Israelies, Iraqies, or Human Beings have to die?

    Remember, "Violance can only bring violance!"

    Talking to other nations is the KEY for the permanent solution/success/peace.

    Respect (It was the theme for Euro 2008 Soccer Tournament), which is missing in politics.

    July 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. judy, Wisconsin

    If you listen to him speak, he's tactful, articulate, intelligent–all completely lacking in our current leaders. This man can gain the respect and admiration again of our allies as well as make progress against our "enemies". How refreshing and reasuring after 8 disastrous yrs with Bush and Co.

    July 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. May God be with you, Senator!

    May God be with you ,Senator Obama!

    July 22, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. mayahh

    who , COULD IMAGINE, THIS KING? Let all nation rise up and witness this day, OBAMA will reign KING

    July 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. violet

    Obama thinks he can bring peace to the Middle East. Someone needs to remind him of the history in that area.

    July 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Right now the world is experiencing the phenomenon known as Barrack Obama. And that is exactly what this is A PHENOM. A political phenom that is going to change the world.
    I think we can make this world a better place. We can do this.
    Got Hope?

    July 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Joe in NJ

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

    What's the big deal? The U.S. has always had a strong relationaship with Israel.

    Translation: Obama wants the Jewish vote back home.

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Chris from NY


    Do you think that after what Obama went through with Hillary that McCain will beat him in any debate? More so, debates doesn't equal votes. Otherwise Kerry would have been our president and Hillary would have been the Democratic nominee.

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Rob

    The long term security of Israel lies in a comprehensive peace agreement. Obama can be an important contributor to this process. McCain can not even particpate in this process since he has already declared himself to be the "worst enemy" of the elected Government of Palestine.

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Fed up with the lies

    There he goes again; showing why he's the next President of the United States. Nobody in the primaries or in the general has the intelligence, charisma or communications skills it will take to get this country back on track but Sen. Obama. He doesn't need anything more but his smarts and good advisors to be a great president. Sorry Lisa, but you might as well go back to FOX news with the rest of your Republican buddies.

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Remy

    I hope Barak Obama will talk to Ehud Olmert, the PM of Israel and to the opposition Labour leader Ehud Barak.

    Obama will bring PEACE to the world as well as to the Middle East.

    America is now recovering the prestige all over the world!

    July 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Crush Rush

    I wonder if the King and Queen of England thought of the American Colonies as terrorists when the Patriots rebelled?

    July 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Linda Esen

    sarah July 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET :

    LOL ...whatever it takes speechify is an option!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Lisa, we can always count on you to continue your bitterness about Hillary Clinton's loss of the nomination. Open your eyes, folks. As many of you have said so well, when a candidate is unable to manage his or her campaign effectively, such as Hillary and McCain, they lead voters to believe they cannot manage a country.

    July 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Kathy

    The man is so full of himself. All he does is talk, he doesn't have the guts or experience to be President. What a loser.

    July 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Chris from NY

    Obama is afigure some people just like to hate but can't bring themselves to do so. So, they bash him and wish that it could help others to pick interest in doing so.

    July 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Mike, TX

    Obama has a long relationship with Israel. After all, he said that his uncle apparently served with the Soviet Red Army to liberate Auschwitz. Perhaps he was referring to Israel when he said the US had 51 states?

    This guy is so pathetic.

    July 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Tejano

    I am not Jewish, but I know that We need to stand firm with Israel against their neighbors that seek to destroy them. I don't trust
    Obama or any of his followers to take that position. The Jewish community should know better, their history tells them whom they can Trust.... In my humble opinion that is John S. McCain, not Obama.

    July 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. RB

    Well, Sarah. We could send McBush over and have him talk about bombing some country or poisoning them with cigarettes. Would that be more to your liking? Reading some of the McBush supporters' rants, it's easy to see why the WORLD is watching this race and hoping America can return to her greatness and leadership role. We used to be a role model for the world. We are so much better than W and McCain.

    Obama/Webb 08!

    July 22, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Okay, I have an idea. From now on all candidates for president of the united states must meet the following requirements.

    -must be intellegent
    -must be articulate
    -must be pure in heart and purpose

    ya dig?

    July 22, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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