Category: US Politics / March 21, 2013 10:14 AM EDT
On the second day of his Middle East tour, U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Thursday (March 21) ahead of his visit to the West Bank.
At the Israel Museum, he viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls - ancient Jewish parchments discovered in the West Bank in the 1940s which include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD.
Shepherds first came upon the scrolls in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947.
For many years after, only a small number of scholars were allowed to view fragments of the scrolls.
Access has since been widened and they were published in their entirety more than 10 years ago. A few large pieces of scroll remain on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
After viewing the scrolls, Obama visited a technology exposition also located at the museum which showcased Israeli innovations that have been a significant source of U.S. and Israeli economic cooperation.
Later on Thursday, Obama travelled to the West Bank town of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leaders.
Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant peace talks and has instead come to Israel and the Palestinian territories for simple consultations.
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