Officials: Clinton to visit Israel, West Bank

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Israel next week for her first visit to the region as the top US diplomat, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday. The Israeli officials said that Clinton will arrive in Israel on March 2 for two days and will meet with the country's top leaders. The Israeli officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit has yet to be announced by the State Department. The US embassy in Tel Aviv would not comment. A senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Clinton will also be visiting the Palestinian territories during her stay. Yasser Abed Rabbo would offer no further details.