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Obama to speak directly to Israelis during March visit

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President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver an address directly to the Israeli people during his two-day visit to Israel.

The Obama administration has requested that the president deliver his speech to at least 1,000 Israelis, Ynet reported. The address will either be at the Israel Museum or the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

Ynet reported that Obama will land at Ben Gurion Airport at noon on March 20, according to the itinerary set by Jerusalem and Washington. He will be welcomed with a state reception, including speeches by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and then he will speak himself.

At the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Obama is scheduled to lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance. At Mount Herzl he will lay wreaths at the tomb of Zionism visionary Theodor Herzl and at the grave of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Later that day, Netanyahu and Obama will meet for official discussions and have a joint news conference and dinner.

The following day, Obama is scheduled to travel to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

On March 22, Obama will visit an Iron Dome battery and will then travel to  Jordan.­ — jta


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