Obama plans Israel visit

President Barack Obama plans to make his first visit to Israel as US leader in the coming months, the White House said Tuesday.

Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the prospect of a visit in a telephone call late last month, but the White House said that it was not ready yet to name a date or offer further details.

"When the president spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu on January 28, they discussed a visit by the president to Israel in the spring," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

"The start of the president's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria.

"Additional details about the trip -- including the dates of travel -- will be released at a later time."

Israeli media earlier reported that the visit would begin in March 20.