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Obama to Make First Trip to Israel as President

Official Archival White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time since taking office, President Obama is going to Israel, and the stakes are high.

The White House confirms he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a January phone conversation that the time is right for a visit. Obama phoned Netanyahu to congratulate him on winning the election.

President Obama will travel to the Mideast this spring, when a new Israeli government is being formed. The White House also hopes the trip will reaffirm the bonds betweent he two counties and at least mend frayed relations between the two men.

A date for the trip has not yet been announced, but reports say the trip will most likely happen in March.

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