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February 05, 2013

Obama to take his first visit to Israel this spring, WH says

President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan later this spring "to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," the White House says.

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister about a potential visit when they talked Jan. 28.

"The start of the President's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," Vietor said. He said additional details about the trip – including the dates of travel – will be released later.

Al-Monitor noted that Israel's Channel 10 reported Tuesday that Obama is planning to travel to Israel on March 20th.

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