WASHINGTON--Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is tentatively looking at an arrival in Israel on July 22 or 23, Yediot Achronot is reporting on Sunday. The Obama campaign is planning visits to England, France and Germany as well as a swing to Jordan and Israel, where he will stay two or three days. The Obama campaign is not releasing dates yet but news is leaking of his tentative schedule because of the need to make extensive arrangements for his visits and to include local and national officials in other countries.
Obama will also be visiting Iraq and Afghanistan.
From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency....
Barack Obama will reportedly visit Israel this month.
The Democratic Party candidate to succeed President Bush is expected to arrive in Israel on July 22 or 23 for a two- or three-day visit, Yediot Achronot reported Sunday......According to Yediot, Obama's itinerary in Israel will likely include meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other top leaders, as well as a visit to Sderot to show solidarity with residents who have suffered from Palestinian rocket barrages......Obama's Republican counterpart, Senator John McCain, made a high-profile trip to Sderot as part of a recent Israel visit.
translation of the Hebrewn Yediot story
OBAMA TO ISRAEL AT END OF JULY
Yedioth Ahronoth (p. 7) by Itamar Eichner -- Yedioth Ahronoth has
learned that the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Barack
Obama, is to come to Israel in another two weeks as part of a regional
tour he intends to take.
The precise date of Obama's visit has been kept under wraps for
security reasons, but as best as can be ascertained he will be arriving
in Israel on either July 22 or 23 for a two to three day visit. No
agenda has yet been set for that visit, but Obama is expected to meet
with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign
Minister Tzippi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Obama will tour a number of sites in Israel, and one possibility
being looked into is for him to visit Sderot, as John McCain, the
Republican Party's candidate did. McCain visited the Kassam stricken
town in the company of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and subsequently
said in an interview that the visit had made a deep impression on him.
In a recent meeting between them, Opposition Chairman Binyamin
Netanyahu suggested that Obama visit Sderot, and Obama said that he
would certainly consider that positively.
Obama's tour of the Middle East, in the course of which he will also
visit Iraq and Afghanistan, is geared to persuade the American voters
that he has the political and international experience needed to be the
commander in chief of the American army. [.]
Officials in the Democratic Party ascribe a great deal of importance
to the upcoming visit to Israel as part of the effort to win the Jewish
vote in the November election.