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. Paula "Hussein" Mack

    What a special wonderful man Barack is! The whole U.S. should be glowing proud of this man. He is genuine and has intelligence. I support him fully and just his smile can light up the space he is in. What a true gem..Obama 08/

    July 23, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Josh, MA

    Barack is doing an excellent job. I wish he wouldn't feel the need to pat everyone on the back–looks like pandering to me.

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Josh, MA

    Good. Just as long as Barack doesn't hold the Saudis hand. When GW did it, it looked like the Saudis were leading him around like a little puppy dog. It was shameful and not a good example for a leader of a great country.

    July 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. NY State of mind

    Oil down $16 barrel since last week-now Dem. Congress looking hard at speculators- why would that happen if all legitimate.
    Gas down from 4.11 to 4.04 average, % gas down APPOX. 2%-WHILE OIL DOWN-APPROX.-9%
    Answer me this Rep. getting fat off oil supporting McCain- HOW COME GAS PRICE DOESN’T FALL AT RATE OIL DOES WHEN IT INCREASES AT THAT RATE!


    Obama 08, only way out of the corruption and greed of our so –called leaders.

    July 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. mayahh

    For You will receive WISDOM concerning these things, I will make a great nation out of you, the hills and mountains shall call out in your name....

    July 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    obama = the dumbing of America.

    PUMA for McCain

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. California Voter

    Frankly, I'm getting an Obama overload - the press has gone crazy over reporting on him, kinda like Anna Nicole Smith, and I still don't really know his core values except that he attended a black liberation church for 20 years and his pastor preached hate and racism while he sat in there week after week. His positions change so much that he supports whatever the voters want, but he does present himself well and gives a good speech.

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Becky

    Obama is looking very presidential and I am hoping he will be elected and bring respect back to America. McCain was WAY out of line to say that Obama is willing to lose the war, especially when he is out of the country. McCain is NOT looking presidential at all.

    How many gaffes does McCain have to make before the media reports them with the same frequency as those of Obama? When BO said people were bitter, we heard about it several times a day for weeks. McCain is consistently confused about important facts a president should know, yet hardly anything is said about it, and if so, maybe once or twice.

    Give McCain the coverage he is asking for. Voters have a right to know they are supporting a man who is either exhibiting early signs of dimentia or is liying. Neither is good. One or two mistakes here and there are understandable; he is way past that now and seems to be getting worse.

    CBS was wrong to take out his incorrect answer to Couric and insert another one. That is lying to the public and someone should be fired.

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Josh, MA

    I like him. He's going to make us proud.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Willow, from Iowa

    I laughed reading that Peres said, "the future belongs to the young." Obama is 47. I guess 47 is the new 30. I'm 56. Hoping that is the new 40.

    I think Obama is doing an excellent job of diplomacy, reducing tensions in these countries, and getting a good idea of what he wants to do in the next eight years. He's being friendly and listening, instead of telling everybody what he will do as President. He is on this trip as a Senator, fact finding. Good thing he used his own plane because if he went as a Senator and had the Government pay for it, McCain would say he was campaigning on the Govts dollar. So now they pick on the slogan on his plane.

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Canadian for OBAMA

    Couldn't agree more with Mr. Peres, indeed, the future belongs to the young!

    July 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Barack W. Bush

    By refusing to acknowledge any mistakes, BHO is looking more like GWB every day.

    July 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Nancy

    The press should not give the Senator a break, and I'm voting for him. He needs the very hard questions now, so that he will be a better president. And make no mistake about it, he will be our next president. So Hillary supporters can whine now, or later but the next president of the US will be Barack Obama.

    July 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Julien_French man from Paris

    Listen Mc cain this article is sraith for you:

    Mc cain you cant win in Iraq, if you want to win over there on your own, a lot of your soldiers will continue to be killed, also you will need the help of your allies and even so.

    Ok you can secure a zone but the war that the US are facing is a difficult war to win. the reason is that the terrorist will fight mainly against you like they do against Israel. By using attentats against the civil and the soldiers.
    A undred years won't change anything, look israel since hom many years are they trying to solve their problems with the Palestinians… until when One day BOOM an other attentat in Jerusalem.

    Check on wikipedia and you will see how many civil have been killed in Iraq by attentats since the beginning of this ridiculous war . It's true that Saddam was a dictator but now day by day people are living within insecurity and fear.
    Let say that before the war everything was fine. (if not)
    Also when the US army will leave Iraq may be things will become difficult in Iraq like now in Afghanistan. So now how is going to look after the Iraqis people?
    Talking with your enemies is always better than : Yeah we have to destroyed Iran because they don't listen to us. joker.

    Did you forget all the Muslim countries in the world?
    You can't just come and say ok let's have a war because it could happen that a stupid war be a the third world war.

    Iran is not Iraq, Saddam was not seen as a good man in his own nation but the president of Iran is seen differently in is community.

    Encore merci (Once again merci)


    July 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Cricket

    If Peres thinks the future belongs to the young, McCain certainly wouldn't impress him very much! I think we as a nation can be very proud of the way Sen. Obama is conducting himself. Our nation certainly needs our reputation restored in order to gain the respect lost under GWB.


    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Claudia

    Peres is a smart man and he's right, the future belongs to the young. John McCain should recognize this and do himself a favor and drop out of the race. Something is wrong with McCain and he needs a serious evaluation.

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. PUMA-Jessie

    This is my third try to get by moderation. No bull and no bias is not true.

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that this puts to rest the idea that Obama won't defend Israel. I would also hope that Obama gets a chance to meet with more than just the president of Israel. It is important for Obama to meet with many different parties while in Israel.

    July 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Denise Groves

    I am proud of Obama. he makes ALL Americans proud. He looks calm, cool, dignified and very graceful.
    I cannot see mcCain pulling this off. He is whiny, crankt, and sounds robotic!

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. PUMA - Murphy

    The Republicans ask "Why is the media slobbering all over Obama like he's some kind of super-rock star or something? This is BS this is bias!!" and my response is this:

    1. No African American has ever gone this far.

    2. After 8 years of Bush, it doesn't matter who it is.. they are going to get exceptional coverage.

    3. He's young, looks good, and sounds good.. good camera charisma.

    4. Our relations with foreign countries has fallen apart in the past 8 years and seeing how Obama interacts with these people is big news because we need someone who can work WITH these people instead of isolating them.

    5. The media is a business and like any business, they will sell what is in high demand and that happens to be Obama, see #1-4 to understand why he is in high demand.

    Now, if HRC were in his position things would be different. I feel that Hilary would be better utilizing this time because she's done this sort of thing before. She's interacted with these people and she knows who's who and what's what where as BHO is learning the ropes.

    Nonetheless, he is indeed doing "OK" and I give his campaign manager some credit for setting this up.

    July 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. American

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

    Hmmm....Sounds like an endoresment for Obama to me. Great photo!

    July 23, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. zeia

    Just gotta love this man. The US should be very proud of him.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Meneka

    Obama is the future president 2009-2017, We need him to this country to bring peace, prosperity and joy to the country. Then the world they get the respect they have lost while GWB is president.

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. mel

    Take look at this point Obama have been right about
    everything and McCain is wrong and he's running
    afraid and this why he is coming up with much non-
    sense as possible.Bush third term in the making.

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Rave

    Great, everyone likes Mr. Barack Obama. He has already become the World Leader...
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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