Israeli ambassador: Obama visit will send powerful message

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February 6, 2013 22:13

 
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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on Wednesday said he expects US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel to send "a powerful message to the Middle East."

Speaking to Chuck Toddon MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," Oren said: "Listen, we're delighted that he's coming."

"President Obama was always welcome in Israel. He'll be received enthusiastically by the government of Israel, by the prime minister of Israel, by the people of Israel," Oren stated.

On the issue of potential peace talks, Oren said the White House has already made it "very clear that the purpose of the trip is to strengthen an already historic bond between Israel and the United States," he said.

"I think it will send a powerful message to the Middle East at a time of great uncertainty and upheaval throughout the region, and I think that is the purpose of the trip," the ambassador said.

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