Obama shows where his loyalties lie arrives in West Bank as Gaza launches rocket attack on Israel Obama still lord of the flies: Netanyahu backs two states

Obama meets Mahmoud Abbas as he arrives in West Bank on historic visit as Gaza launches rocket attack on Israel Attack: Two rockets exploded in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, near the Gaza border, this morning

  • One rocket falls in courtyard of house in Sderot, other lands in open field
  • President’s visit to Middle East met with hostility from many Palestinians
  • Obama was in Jerusalem at time of attack, preparing to visit Israel Museum
  • It is the U.S. leader’s first trip to Israel since he was elected four years ago

U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in the West Bank for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Protest:

Mr Obama flew in to the city of Ramallah on US Marine One just hours after two rockets exploded in a southern Israeli town near the Gaza border.

After shaking hands and hugging in front of the media, Mr Abbas took the U.S. leader to his presidential compound for talks likely to focus on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Long-awaited visitLong-awaited visit: U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in the West Bank for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
Greetings:Greetings: President Barack Obama waves next to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) upon his arrival in the Muqata Presidential compound in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank

Grand welcome:

Grand welcome: The pair review troops as they participate in an arrival ceremony

US President Barack Obama (R) is welcomed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
US President Barack Obama (R) is welcomed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

The two men shook hands and then Mr Obama embraced President Mahmoud Abbas

Down to business: Down to business: Meeting Mr Obama off his helicopter, Mr Abbas took him to his presidential compound for talks

The rocket attack is considered likely to be the result of Palestinian hardliners sending a message during the U.S. President’s historic trip to the country.

 One of the rockets exploded in the courtyard of a house in the border town of Sderot early in the morning, causing damage but no injuries, according to a police spokesman.

The other landed in an open field.

Mr Obama was miles away in Jerusalem at the time, preparing to visit the Israel Museum.

For posterity:

For posterity: President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Pose for a picture upon his arrival

First visit:

First visit: Obama arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah on his first visit since taking over the White House more than four years ago

ArrivalArrival: The US Marine One, the helicopter carrying US President Barack Obama lands today at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Obama arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah

There was no word from Gaza, which is ruled by the militant Islamist group Hamas, as to who might have been responsible for the attack.

The rockets were the first to land in Israeli territory since November, when militants fired dozens of missiles in response to Israeli raids that killed a Hamas military chief and resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinian civilians.

‘We will be closely watching Palestinian President Abbas today to see if he condemns these attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians,’ a senior Israeli official said after the attack.

Damage: The house in Sderot where a rocket fired from Gaza fell on ThursdayDamage: The house in Sderot where a rocket fired from Gaza fell on Thursday
 

Mark 11:12-14

And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Obama still Lord of the flies : Tree gifted by President Obama to Israel this morning is dug up hours later for ‘pest’ testing

As President of the United States Barack Obama has brought the plant with him and because agricultural products are not allowed into Israel from abroad without passing inspection —  for fear diseases or pests are found on the plant itself — it will be uprooted for testing.’Gift: US President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony at the residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres today in Jerusalem

Read more: 

Netanyahu backs two states for two peoples; Obama keeps ‘all options open’ on Irans

Obama, on his first visit as president, has been meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier, he had warm words for Israel at an all-smiles airport welcoming ceremony, and then met with, was serenaded with, and planted a tree with President Peres

They’re digging up Obama’s tree? No, but it’s roots are in plastic netting, ahead of inspection

 

 

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