In one of the most striking images of his presidency to date, President Obama is shown kneeling down to honor the victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial. Obama was accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres, who listened as he delivered remarks at the memorial. “Our sons and daughters are not born to hate. They are taught to hate. Let us fill their young hearts with the same understanding and compassion that we hope others have for us.” Next on his Mideast agenda is a stop at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where he’ll be joined by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, before meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, an ally who’s been up against a lot of criticism from his citizens lately.
MIDEAST TOUR Pres. Obama with Raddi Israel Meir Lau at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Friday. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)