Obama in Israel for first trip as president

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TEL AVIV, Israel — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds of change bring both promise and peril.” Obama declared common cause with Israel, noting that it was the first stop of the first trip of his second term and calling the U.S. Israel’s “strongest ally and your greatest friend.” Israeli President Shimon Peres welcomed Obama, declaring that “A world without America’s leadership, without her moral voice, would be a darker world. A world without your friendship, would invite aggression against Israel.” Obama’s trip is his first visit to the country – and…

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