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WELCOMING COMMITTEE Obama Meets Palestinian President Pres. Obama and Pres. Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

Obama Meets Palestinian President

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.”

March 21, 2013 6:50 AM