Obama Meets Palestinian President

US President Barack Obama (L) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) shake hands during an official arrival ceremony at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March 21, 2013. Obama arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah on his first visit since taking over the White House more than four years ago . AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pres. Obama and Pres. Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

    President Obama arrived in the West Bank on Thursday and met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while Gaza militants fired rockets into an Israeli border town Obama visited in 2008. The Israeli military said four rockets in total were fired, but the third and fourth ones landed in Gaza. No one was injured. On his first trip to Israel as president, Obama stressed the importance of the Israeli-U.S. friendship as well as committing to a two-state solution. In what had to be a disappointing omen—to say the least—a tree gifted by Obama to Israeli President Shimon Peres’s home was dug up Thursday morning to test for “pests.”

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