Barack Obama

Obama in Ramallah to meet Abbas

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

US President Barack Obama is now in Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority leaders on the second day of his trip to the Middle East.

This morning Mr Obama saw the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Obama visits Jerusalem as Israel tour continues

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

Israel President Shimon Peres has welcomed his American counterpart to Jerusalem on the first day of Barack Obama's trip to Israel.

The two heads of state planted a magnolia tree in the gardens of the presidential residence.

Schoolchildren sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie in Hebrew, Arabic and English.


Obama to be given Holocaust document at Yad Vashem

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2013

President Obama is to be presented with a copy of a poem set to music by a chazan who was killed in the Holocaust when he visits Yad Vashem on Friday.

The president, who landed in Israel earlier today for his first official trip to the Jewish state as US Commander in Chief, is to visit Israel's national Holocaust museum on Friday.


President Obama touches down in Israel

By Anna Sheinman, March 20, 2013

US President Barack Obama has arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on the presidential plane Air Force One, marking the beginning of his 50-hour whistlestop tour of Israel.

He was greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli head of protocol as well as a military honour guard, which played both national anthems.


Wobbles ahead of Barack Obama's Israel trip

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

last-minute itinerary changes have played havoc with Israeli preparations for President Barack Obama’s planned 48-hour trip to the Holy Land from March 20-21.

Before the election of Argentinian Pope Francis I on Wednesday night, there had been speculation that Mr Obama might have had to interrupt his visit and attend the installation ceremony if an American pontiff had been chosen.


Obama’s Israel trip may be interrupted by new pope

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The installation of a new pope is planned to take place towards the end of next week, when US President Barack Obama is due to make a 48-hour trip to Israel.


Matzah on the menu at King David for Obama in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2013

He is one of the most powerful people in the world, but even Barack Obama is unlikely to be able to circumvent Pesach food restrictions when he visits Israel next week.

The US president is due to arrive in the Jewish state on Wednesday March 20, just a few days before the start of Passover.


Obama will speak to students - not Knesset

By Anna Sheinman, March 11, 2013

On his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama will speak to thousands of Israeli and Arab students rather than giving a speech to the Knesset, in order to reach out to the younger generation.


Obama in Israel: now available for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2013

Interested citizens will be able to track President Obama's every move as he embarks on his much - anticipated Israel visit, thanks to a dedicated app.

The US leader is due to spend three days in Israel, arriving on March 20, in his first trip to the Jewish state since he was a presidential candidate in 2008.


Tough timing, but plenty of muscle to spare

By Jonathan Cummings, March 7, 2013

Reports of Aipac’s demise are premature.

It is true that this is the first time for several years that neither the US President nor the Prime Minister of Israel will be addressing its policy conference.