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President Barack Obama, flanked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun, are joined by children at the Church of the Nativity during their visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, flanked by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun, are joined by children at the Church of the Nativity during their visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama in Israel

Pres. Obama made his first visit to Israel on March 20— and only his second to

the Middle East — since taking office.

He also made his first trips as president to the Palestinian

Authority and Jordan this week.