Obama Hobnobs in Israel

President Obama traveled to Israel for the first time since he became president. See photos from his trip.

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Wrapping up his three-day trip to the Middle East, President Obama headed to Israel Friday where he visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Next stop: Jordan. 

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President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu place their arms around each other during a visit to Mount Herzl, the burial ground of modern Zionism's founder, Theodor Herzl. 

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Obama walks out of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Friday.

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President Obama takes a stroll with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem.

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Obama's official itinerary included meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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President Obama pauses for a moment as he lays a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

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Obama places a stone from the grounds of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC on the grave of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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Obama shares a laugh with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state dinner hosted by Israel's President Shimon Peres.

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President Obama toasts with Israeli President Shimon Peres after he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Distinction, Israel's highest civilian honor.

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President Obama shields his eyes as he looks up at a person who shouted out during his speech to the Israeli people at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

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Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands at a news conference at the Muqata on Thursday.

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Obama and Abbas pose for a photo with Palestinian children during a welcoming ceremony Thursday in Ramallah.

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The U.S. Marine One helicopter, carrying Obama, lands Thursday at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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An Israeli policewoman looks at the damage after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Thursday.

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Obama and Netanyahu take a bite of matzo as they tour the technology expo.

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Netanyahu and Obama visit the shrine of the book Thursday in Jerusalem.

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Obama and Netanyahu speak with Professor Amir Geva (right), head of the biomedical signal processing and pattern recognition lab at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, as they tour a technology expo at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Thursday.

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Obama and Netanyahu observe a technology display during the tour of the technology expo.

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Obama and Netanyahu speak together at a press conference following a bilateral meeting at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu's wife, Sara, brushes his jacket off at their residence in Tel Aviv as the Israeli Prime Minister waits to meet Obama.

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The president waves goodbye as he leaves the Jerusalem home of Peres, his Israeli counterpart.

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Palestinians hoist a large Palestinian flag near Israel's largest Jewish settlement, Maale Adumim, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where Obama is visiting.

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Obama takes a walk through Peres’s garden in Jerusalem.

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Obama’s Israel trip this week is the first of his presidency. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Peres listen to Obama’s speech at the welcoming ceremony.

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President Obama is greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival Wednesday at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.