A Facebook initiative seeks to bring US President Barack Obama to Rabin Square
in Tel Aviv to speak directly to the public.
The page, entitled "Speech
for Peace," invites Obama to come to Rabin Square, a symbolic site which saw the
assassination of Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995. Rallies, protests and
demonstrations have been held at the square for those seeking change ever
The Facebook page has over 2,500 "likes" since its founding on
A petition initiated by Uri Appenzeller has been created on
the official White House website, calling for Obama to speak directly on "our
people's friendship, the hope for change, and the prospects for peace, security
and prosperity in the Middle East."
Both the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will visit Israel this spring, for the first time since he entered the White House in 2009.
Israeli media reports have identified late March as the expected arrival time. Channel 10 reported that the visit will take place as part of a regional tour also expected to take Obama to Ankara, Amman, Riyadh, Cairo and Ramallah.