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Obama hails ‘miracle’ of Israel on Mideast tour

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

White House candidate Barack Obama lauded the “miracle” of Israel on Wednesday, as he met top officials and paid homage to Holocaust victims on the latest leg of his international campaign swing.

The Democratic senator, on a sprint through the Middle East and Europe designed to convince American voters of his presidential mettle, also travelled to the West Bank to consult Palestinian leaders on sluggish peace moves.

He angered Palestinians last month by saying an undivided Jerusalem must remain Israel’s “capital”, while the Palestinians want the occupied eastern sector of the city as the capital of their promised future state.

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Obama opened his day with talks with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who was later set to join him on a helicopter tour of Israel’s cramped topography, a rite of passage for potential US presidents.

He also toured Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial to the six million Jews who perished under the Nazis.

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