“I was excited when they told me I had been selected. I am crazy for Obama, he is a good president.”-- Amit Koren, an engineering student at the Technion, who wrote a poem for Obama and won a seat to his speech.
- Jordanian king: Ties with Netanyahu very strong, may be too late for two-state solution - Jordan's King Abdullah II tells American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that increased coordination with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has contributed to stability in his kingdom, also says Israel may have to choose between 'apartheid and democracy' if Palestinian state not created.(Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Jerusalem scrambles to prepare for Obama visit - Whole swaths of the newly clean city will be closed during the U.S. president's two-day visit to accommodate his entourage, foreign journalists and hundreds of other guests."In honor of the visit we scrubbed the highways and the city streets, and hung about 1,000 Israeli, U.S. and Jerusalem Municipality flags," said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- WATCH: U.S. and Israeli diplomats give Obama's visit a whimsical twist - In an attempt to cast contention aside, the Israeli embassy in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv release amusing videos ahead of U.S. president's trip to the Holy Land. (Haaretz)
- Palestinian Anti-Obama protesters scuffle with police - Palestinian Authority police scuffled on Tuesday with scores of demonstrators protesting against the visit of US President Barack Obama to the occupied West Bank later this week. (Maan)
- Protesting for Pollard in Jerusalem: 'Obama, save him' - More than 2,000 people, mostly youths, call for release of spy for Israel currently serving 28th year in US jail; Ramallah residents demonstrate against US president's schedule visit to city. (Ynet)
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