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Mixed reception awaits Obama in Israel and West Bank

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Preparations are underway for the upcoming visit of the US President Barack Obama, at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 19. US President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive on 20 March for a two-day visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, on the first foreign trip of his second term.

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A Palestinian woman walks past vandalized posters showing US President Barack Obama in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March. 15. Obama's trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank, which Israeli officials say will take place March 20-22, is the U.S. leader's first trip to the region as president, and his first overseas trip since being reelected.

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Preparations continue a day a head of the arrival of US President Barack Obama at the president's residence on March 19, in Jerusalem, Israel. Obama will make his first visit as President to the region tomorrow, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Ariel University students hold a demonstration with human cardboard cutouts in front of the US Consulate in Jerusalem, protesting for not being invited to hear the speech of US President Barack Obama in front of Israeli students. The speech will be held on 21 March at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. Obama arrives on March 20 for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Israeli children wave flags during a rehearsal, a day a head of the arrival of US President Barack Obama at the president's residence on March 19, in Jerusalem, Israel. Obama will make his first visit as President to the region tomorrow, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Martin Fletcher, NBC News correspondent  

TEL AVIV, Israel - President Barack Obama will spend about seven hours with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, with one scheduled meeting having turning into three.

He will have a lot to talk about.

Obama will also spend five hours with Palestinian leaders, but have much less to discuss. One item will dominate the agenda  how to form a Palestinian state. Continue reading this post here.