WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama touched down in Israel early Wednesday morning, (U.S. time) on a trip to include stops in the West Back cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem and Jordan.
Here is Obama's day-by-day schedule:
1. At Ben Gurion Airport, arrival ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
2. At the airport, viewing of an Iron Dome missile defense battery.
Background, from the U.S.:
"Following the official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, President Obama will view an Iron Dome battery in Tel Aviv. Iron Dome is a short range rocket and mortar defense system, which was developed by Israel and produced with U.S. assistance. Iron Dome is part of a multi-tier missile defense architecture developed as a counter measure to the rocket threat against Israel's civilian population. The United States has provided $275 million in Iron Dome funding since it's inception, and will provide an additional $211 million in funding in FY 2013. Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives, most recently during Operation Pillar of Defense, during the November 2012 Gaza conflict. The development of Israel's defense architecture demonstrates the strength of the U.S.-Israel mutual defense relationship and exemplifies the United States' commitment to Israel's security."
3. To Jerusalem for meeting with Peres at his residence.
4. Meeting with Netanyahu at his residence, joint press conference, working dinner.
5. Overnight in Jerusalem.
1. Israel Museum: The Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and a visit to a technology exhibit at the museum.
2. To Ramallah in the West Bank. Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas, press conference, working lunch.
3. Visit at the Al-Bireh Youth Center, Ramallah, with Palestinian Authority Prime Mininster Fayyad.
4. To Jerusalem for speech at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
5. In Jerusalem at Peres residence, State Dinner for Obama.
6. Overnight in Jerusalem.
1. In Jerusalem, visit to Mt. Herzl National Cemetery for wreath laying at tombs of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
2. In Jerusalem, visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum.
3. To Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Tour the Church of the Nativity
4. To Amman, Jordan. Arrival ceremony at airport.
5. Meeting with King Abdullah II, joint press conference. The two leaders will have a joint press conference, dinner hosted by the King.
6. Overnight in Amman.
1. To Petra, to tour historic area of Jordan.
2. Return to the U.S.