Category: US Politics / March 8, 2013 3:32 PM EST
The White House said Friday (March 8) that President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Israel is meant to show his support for the Israeli people amid "severe transitions" to the region.
"He (President Obama) is very interested in talking to the Israeli public while he's there, that there is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his support for Israel and his commitment for their security," said White House Deputy Press Secretary John Earnest.
The President also plans to illustrate to Palestinian and Israeli leaders that peace between the two groups remains a top priority but Obama will not have a specific plan to present.
"Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians remains a priority to the President, that that is something that the United States is ready to strongly support if that dialogue is ready to take off and that will be the subject of a lot of conversation while we are there but it won't be because the President is presenting a specific plan," Earnest said
Obama, who has a testy relationship with right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made peace between Israelis and Palestinians a priority in his first term but, four years later, has little to show for it.
In recent months, each side has antagonized the other - Israel by building Jewish settlements on occupied land and the Palestinians by seeking enhanced status at the United Nations.
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