German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Israel that her country and Israel enjoy a “very strong friendship.”
Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.
President Obama will get an unusual gift from Benjamin Netanyahu. It’s a chunk of Jerusalem rock dating from the Second Temple era, etched with the two countries’ independence declarations.
President Obama is scheduled to deliver an address directly to the Israeli people during his two-day visit to Israel.
President Obama’s visit to Israel will focus on Syria and Iran, and he will not initiate new peace moves, the White House said.