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WASHINGTON--Vice President Biden and his wife Jill landed in Israel on Monday, for a Middle East swing taking them to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Jordan and Ramallah and Bethlehem on the Palestinian West Bank. The Biden plane landed at 4:08 p.m. Israeli time.

The vice president and Dr. Biden have busy schedules; click below for details.

On Thursday, from the White House Biden "will a deliver a speech at Tel Aviv University entitled "The Enduring Partnership Between the United States and Israel." Afterwards, the Vice President will answer questions from university students in the audience."

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2010

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND DR. JILL BIDEN TRAVEL
TO THE MIDDLE EAST


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will depart Washington, DC, for the Middle East on the evening of Sunday, March 7th. They will travel to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues. The Vice President's stop to Egypt has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. President Mubarak will now be out of the country, and the United States and Egypt mutually agreed to postpone this visit.

Monday, March 8th - Jerusalem

The Bidens will arrive in Jerusalem. Their arrival is pooled press. There are no other public events scheduled on this day.

Tuesday, March 9th - Jerusalem

The Vice President:

The Vice President will have meetings with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni, Chair of the Kadima Party. There will be a pool spray of the Vice President's arrival at the Prime Minister's Residence, and pool sprays at the tops of the meetings with President Peres and Tzipi Livni. Following the Vice President's meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Vice President and the Prime Minister will each make a statement to the press. This statement will be OPEN PRESS and will take place at approximately 12:20 PM local time (5:20 AM ET).

Dr. Biden:

In the morning, Dr. Jill Biden will visit teachers and children at the integrated Peace Pre-school program at the Jerusalem International YMCA. This visit will be POOLED PRESS.

In the afternoon, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will visit the national grave sites of Yitzhak Rabin and Theodor Herzl and lay a wreath. Afterwards, they will visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum and memorial. Both of these events will be POOLED PRESS.

In the evening, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will have dinner with the Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu. There will be a pool spray at the top of this dinner.

Wednesday March 10th - Ramallah, Palestinian Territories and Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

The Vice President:

In the morning, the Vice President will have a breakfast meeting with Tony Blair, Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. There will a pool spray at the top of this meeting.

Afterwards, the Vice President will travel to Ramallah. The Vice President will first meet with Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting. Afterwards, the Vice President will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas. Following the meeting with President Abbas, the Vice President and the President will each make a statement to the press. This statement will be OPEN PRESS and will take place at approximately 2:30 PM local time (7:30 AM ET).

The Vice President will then travel to Bethlehem, where he will take a tour of Nassar Stone Factory, known for its marble, and is an example of a successful Palestinian industry. Afterwards, the Vice President will attend a dinner with local civil society leaders. There will be a pool spray at the top of this dinner.

The Vice President will return to Jerusalem in the evening.

Dr. Biden:

In the morning, Dr. Biden will travel to Augusta Victoria Hospital, where she will visit with doctors, nurses and patients and take a tour of the hospital's facilities. Dr. Biden will learn about the hospital's breast cancer outreach program and will visit the radiotherapy unit. She will also visit with children and parents in the pediatric cancer care and kidney care units. This visit will be POOLED PRESS.

In the afternoon, Dr. Biden will visit the Al Kamandjati Music Center in Ramallah where she will meet with teachers and students, and listen to a student music performance. Al Kamandjati provides music lessons, workshops and music programs including concerts for Palestinian children, particularly those living in refugee camps and in marginalized villages in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.

Thursday, March 11th - Tel Aviv, Israel and Amman, Jordan

The Vice President:

At 11:30 AM local time (4:30 AM ET) the Vice President will a deliver a speech at Tel Aviv University entitled "The Enduring Partnership Between the United States and Israel." Afterwards, the Vice President will answer questions from university students in the audience. The Vice President's speech and the question-and-answer session are OPEN PRESS, but an RSVP is required.


The Vice President's speech will be streamed LIVE at:
http://www.justin.tv/shimongx#r=w7MdF4U~

Dr. Biden:

In the morning, Dr. Biden will visit Masada, and in the afternoon she will visit a Bedouin Women Crafts Center in Lakiya. Both of these visits are POOLED PRESS

In the afternoon, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will depart en route to Amman, Jordan.

In the evening, the Vice President will meet with King Abdullah. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting. Afterwards, the Vice President and King Abdullah will have dinner together.

Friday, March 12th - Amman, Jordan

The Vice President and Dr. Biden will visit and tour Petra in the afternoon. This visit will be POOLED PRESS.

Dr. Biden: Details on Dr. Biden's schedule in Jordan will be released later in the week.

In the evening, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will depart Jordan en route Washington, DC.

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