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July 23, 2008

Wednesday AM: Obama in Israel – Greeted Amazingly Warm By President Shimon Peres

Obama arrived in Israel Tuesday night from Jordan.  He is scheduled to meet with officials from both Israel and Palestine on Wednesday.  He will be in the middle of a diplomatic cross fire since agreeing with either Israel or Palestine will make the other country extremely disgruntled.  

 He met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and received an amazingly warm welcome from Peres, who said his greatest wish is for a “great president of the United States. That is the greatest promise for us and the rest of the world.”

 Senator Barack Obama toured Israel’s Holocaust memorial Wednesday, laying a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jews who died and saying, “Ultimately, this is a place of hope.”

Obama toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on a Jerusalem hillside as he moved through a busy day of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

At the Holocaust memorial, Obama wore a white skullcap as he laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Nazis. Later, he said: “I am always taken back to sort of the core question of humanity that the Holocaust raises. That is, on the one hand, man’s great capacity for evil, and on the other hand, our ability to stop evil.”

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