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Barack Obama hails ‘eternal’ US-Israel alliance at start of Middle East visit

Posted By admin On March 20, 2013 @ 11:53 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Harriet Sherwood
London Guardian [1]
March 20, 2013

The alliance between Israel and the United States is eternal, Barack Obama has said after landing in the Jewish state for his first visit since becoming US president more than four years ago.

“I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbours,” Obama said at a welcoming ceremony at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. “I am confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal, is forever,” he added.

In a short speech before Israeli parliamentarians, religious leaders, military figures and other dignitaries, Obama said: “We will never lose sight of the vision of an Israel at peace with its neighbours.” The Palestinians were not mentioned by name.

Air Force One touched down at about 12.30pm local time in glorious spring sunshine that prompted the president to discard his jacket shortly after the end of the ceremonials. His visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is scheduled to last 50 hours before the 600-strong entourage departs for Jordan on Friday.

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[4] Barack Obama throws full US support behind Middle East uprisings: http://www.prisonplanet.com/barack-obama-throws-full-us-support-behind-middle-east-uprisings.html

[5] Obama hails ‘miracle’ of Israel on Mideast tour: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-hails-miracle-of-israel-on-mideast-tour.html

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