July 23rd, 2008
08:46 AM ET
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Obama meets key Mideast leaders

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to maintain a close relationship between the United States and Israel.

He also said he will work toward bringing peace in the region regardless of whether he is elected president.

Obama spoke during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. It was one of many stops the senator from Illinois made during the day.

The senator is on an international tour aimed to boost his foreign policy credentials.

"I'm here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States and my abiding commitment to Israel's security, and I hope I can serve as an effective partner, whether as a United States senator or as a president, in bringing about a more lasting peace in the region," he said.

Peres said he had "high regard" for Obama and described his belief that "the future belongs to the young."

Obama began his second day in the Middle East on Wednesday by meeting Israeli leaders and laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

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  1. Chuck

    Peres said he had "high regard" for Obama and described his belief that "the future belongs to the young."

    Enough said here.

    July 23, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. JoeMamma

    I think BO realizes we have more than one "friend" in the middle east.
    This man is looking VERY presidential. I hope we don't see him faking a tear at the "wall" like Johnny McCain.

    Republican for anyone but McCain '08.

    July 23, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Let's sit back and chuckle as the GOP tries to spin this into a negative!

    July 23, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Mel

    This looking very good for BHO......This is what we need for the USA...

    GOD BLESS YOU .........OBAMA......BEST WISHES....RETURN SAFELY.

    July 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Linda

    ANd tomorrow (or later today) when he meets with the next group he will change his position on Israel agin. I now understand why it takes 3 times the press to cover the Obama campaign, it would otherwise be difficult to keep up with the daily changes in policy.

    July 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Greg, NY

    Report on the 'flub' that McCain made in a CBS interview with Katie Couric.

    Incorrectly defining aspects of 'The Surge' that he's supposedly such an expert on.

    July 23, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Hillary Backer for McCain

    This guy is ruining all the hard work that Hillary put forth in the middle east when she brokered deals and laid out plans for a lasting peace. She should get recognition from the super delegates in Denver for that and take back the nomination, which rightfully was given to her and belongs to her. She endured so much and is truely an American hero.

    July 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Texas Trail Dog!

    Be Careful Presiden Perez OBAMA Lies a lot. He is a man with a forked tongue and craw fishes at every turn. He told the Palestine leader the same thing. He can not be trusted. Not this man who makes shady real estate deals with profits of $860,00 and sets in a church while his preacher blasphemes God's name and America especially the white people in it. THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT DID NOT GIVE AIDS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS. IT IS PROVEN THAT AIDS CAME FROM MONKEYS AND STARTED IN AFRICA. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU???

    July 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. cheryl (RETIRED VETS FOR OBAMA)

    WOW! This is a great photo, we are so proud of you Mr. Obama, keep up the good work........Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Sifa

    Way to go Senator Obama! I must say that, after seing him placing a wreath at the Haulocost Memorial in Jerusalem, I have even more respect and admiration for the guy. He was wearing the little hat, this just proved to me how much respect he has for the Israeli People. I have always believed that, the reason why we don't get along in the world is because we don't respect each or each other's cultures. Obama seems to understand that. I for sure will not regret supporting Sir.

    July 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Will, NJ

    Everyone seems to be on the same page except the United States.

    July 23, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. SIMP

    Change, even the leaders in the Middle East see there is a great need for it. Obama will heal the wounds bush has inflicted upon these place and we will become the strong leading country that was once admired. Obama is the man to do it.

    Obama

    July 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Mike, TX

    And now, upon leaving Israel, Obama will go to Germany where he will give a speech at a memorial for the Prussian Military that was one of Adolf Hitler's favorite memorials.

    Obama is clueless. One week jetting around the Middle East and Europe will endear him to the French and Germans (probably heavy campaign contributors as well), but it only shows how much of a light-weight Obama really is.

    July 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Vote Nader

    "He'll have the opportunity to see the pain and challenges posed to Israel's people by living in such dangerous proximity to Hamas rockets," – Susan Rice, senior foreign policy adviser to Obama's campaign

    What about the pain and challenges posed to Palestinians who live in such dangerous proximity to Israel's rockets?

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Don't spend much time with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ...he's not going to be around too much longer...

    July 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obama continues to add to his statue.

    July 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. JA Cook

    Imagine the US with a good reputation in the world again

    "the future belongs to the young."
    Amen! My generation has had its chance and left a mess. Let's move forward not farther backward.

    July 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Texas trail puppy!

    The GOP's strategy to steal the election this year is quite obvious they are trying to potray Obama as some type of "Rockstar" with all this Media bias B.S unfortunately it only make them look pathetic and quite clueless.
    America will not fall prey to the GOP fear machine again.
    Dems 08/12

    July 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. New Orleans 4 Obama

    I am proud of the way Mr. Obama carries himself. As Senator and hopefully as President, I believe he will conduct himself with honor and respect for his country as well as his family.

    July 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Joe

    The future belongs to the young. i love what the Israeli president said! Let's all vote for the smart, young guy! We need a smart president for a change.

    July 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. conservative

    Heck ,lets just suspend the election formality and coronate Obama when he returns from this overhyped mile and smile orgy of fawnling ! The rabid leftists say the rest of us are to dumb to vote anyhow! Such is the decline of America!!!

    July 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. susie

    Obama is a robot for Kennedy, Kerry, Dean and Pelosi

    July 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Quick! Take My Picture so I can get Foreign Relations Experience!

    July 23, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Peres said he had "high regard" for Obama and described his belief that "the future belongs to the young."

    Ouch, McCain, think that was directed toward you?

    July 23, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Abby

    Please report the news. McCain wrong on the one thing he’s running on, the surge. He had the timeline completely wrong!!!

    "Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening," McCain said, referring to the U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Anbar province. "I mean, that's just a matter of history."

    The problem with McCain's statement — as Obama's campaign quickly noted — was that the awakening got under way before President Bush announced in January 2007 his decision to flood Iraq with tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to help combat violence.

    July 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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