Three Days in Jerusalem, Two Hours in Ramallah

Obama's itinerary for his March 20-22 catch-up visit to Israel will give him ample opportunities to see first-hand the breadth and depth of Jewish roots in the Holy Land, especially in Jerusalem. The schedule, as reported by Israeli media, has him spending most of the time in Jerusalem over a three-day span. Which shouldn't sit well with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who'll have to content himself with only a couple of hours of face time with Obama -- not in East Jerusalem, claimed by Palestinians as their capital, but in the West Bank in Ramallah. Expect some squawks from the Palestinian side.  Obama is expected to land at Ben Gurion Airport at noon on March 20, and proceed immediately to Jerusalem. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu will escort him to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, where Obama will lay a wreath. He also will lay wreaths on Mt. Herzl at the grave of Theodore Herzl, the father of Zionism, and at the...(Read Full Post)