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July 18, 2008

Security Fears As Obama Travels To The Middle East And Europe

  Obama 's planned trip to Israel and the West Bank has raised security concerns to levels not seen since the Illinois senator began his presidential bid.

Coming just weeks after shots were fired at Israel's Tel Aviv airport during a farewell ceremony for France's Sarkozy, from an apparent suicide of a security guard, Obama's trek to the region has become a serious logistical and safety challenge.

"I would prefer if he did not make the trip to Ramallah," a concerned government official explained Thursday night from Washington. "And he must use extreme caution throughout Israel at this time, in my opinion, especially Jerusalem."

A planned foot tour of Jerusalem's Old City has been called off, a senior source reveals.

Senator Obama's exact itinerary is not being made public but campaign officials have announced stops in Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.


  1. I’m a little concerned about this trip too. I’m sure the Secret Service will keep him safe. They’ve been doing this kind of thing for a long time.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 18, 2008 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  2. Deanna — Believe you me, I am praying for his safety!

    Comment by Paulette — July 18, 2008 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

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