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Obama visit Israel.

Middle East Security News.- President Obama will meet PM Netanyahu next week.

Middle East Security News.- President Obama will meet PM Netanyahu next week.

WASHINGTON DC —  According to Israeli newspaper Haaaretz, the U.S. President Barak Obama plans to visit several places in Israel next week. During his 48 hours stay, he will visit  the christian Church of the Nativity, he will speak at Jerusalem’s convention center,  he will inspect a mobile missile-defense battery, he will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, also visit the grave of Theodor Herzl, the writer who is considered the father of modern Zionism, the Israel Museum, where he will view the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of Hebrew texts that symbolize an ancient link between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

However, the White House has not yet released Mr. Obama’s official schedule.

The  White House is playing down hopes that President  Obama will carry with him a new initiative to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Visiting  the Church of the Nativity is appropriate, since the religious center dates from 327 A.D. and is believed to be the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world, and has profound meaning for 1.2 billion Catholics.  It also symbolizes the rights of Christian minorities in Jerusalem.

Supposedly, since the church is in Bethlehem, in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, could play host  to Mr. Obama.

The centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s message to Israelis, according to Haaretz,  will be that he supports Israel, both in its clashes with hostile neighbors and with a nuclear-minded Iran.  In that sense, after the President climbs out of Air Force One in the Ben Gurion Airport, he will probably deliver a short statement about Iran during his inspection of the antimissile system , which is built by Israeli military contractors with American financial support.