WATCH: Obama, Netanyahu view Dead Sea Scrolls

On second day of his Middle East tour, US president visits the Israel Museum, technology exposition.

March 21, 2013 12:23
US President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu examine Dead Sea Scrolls, March 21, 2013.

Obama, Netanyahu look at Dead Sea Scrolls. (photo credit: Courtesy PMO)

On the second day of his Middle East tour, US President Barack Obama visited the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Thursday morning.

At the facility, he viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls - ancient Jewish parchments discovered in the West Bank in the 1940s which include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD.

For many years, only a small number of scholars were allowed to view the fragments of the scrolls, but access has since been widened.

A few large pieces of scroll remain on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

After viewing the scrolls, Obama visited a technology exposition.

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