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  • dby034 dby034 Mar 20, 2013 3:07 PM Flag

    Obama lands in Israel

     

    US President Barack Obama told Israel's leaders the Arab spring presents opportunities and risks, and reiterated his commitment to Israel's security.

    20 March 13 14:09, Ran Dagoni and Globes' correspondent

    President Barack Obama touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Air Force 1 shortly after midday in his first visit to Israel as US President. He was greeted by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of his new cabinet.
    In welcoming Obama, Peres said, "We receive you as a historic and important friend of Israel. This visit symbolizes the historic alliance between our peoples and our countries. Thank you very much Mr. President and thank you America. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you are doing. The American dream originates in the bible and we take inspiration from you. A huge ocean separates us but we have shared dreams and hopes."

    Peres added, "Without US support , Israel would be under much greater attack. You offer America and the peoples of the world a leadership of inspiration and hope for a better future and allow Israel to strengthen its security in an exceptional way. We hold out our hands in peace top everyone in the region."

    Netanyahu said, "You chose to come to Israel in your first overseas visit in your second term of office. We are a democratic country in the heart of the Middle East which finds itself in upheaval. Thank you Mr. President for supporting us time and again in our ability to defend ourselves. Thank you Mr. President in supporting the right of the Jewish people to a state here in our country through an unbreakable alliance between our two countries and two peoples."

    President Obama spoke of the US commitment to Israel's security and advancing the peace process in the region. Speaking in Hebrew he said, "It's great to be in Israel again."
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