Barack Obama, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu

President Barack Obama has arrived in Israel at the start of a four-day trip to the region that will include stops in the West Bank and in Jordan. It is the first visit by a U.S. president since George W. Bush visited in 2008, during the Annapolis peace negotiations, and the first of Obama’s presidency.

Obama began his trip abroad by knocking his opposition at home: “It’s good to get away from Congress,” he said to Netanyahu–a joke with additional poignance, given Obama’s history of frosty interactions with the Israeli leader.

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