CNN Radio News Day: March 20, 2013
US President Barack Obama is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport on March 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel. This will be Obama's first visit as President to the region, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
March 20th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 20, 2013

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  • Barack Obama is back on Israeli soil, but this is his first trip there as U.S. president. After meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Mr. Obama met later with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. This is a trip with a heavy agenda.  Topping it – the security of Israel.  There's the spectre of the nuclear threat from Iran, but also a possible greater threat from Syria, its neighbor to the north. While president Obama didn't arrive in Israel with any peace plan in hand, Robert Danin former head of mission at the Jerusalem office of Quartet Representative Tony Blair, spoke to CNN:

"The real purpose of this visit is not just to do policy, but to really reach out to the people of the Middle East, and to demonstrate that the United states is still committed to the Middle East, on a number of issues..."