URGENT ¥¥¥ Netanyahu thanks Obama for defending Israel's right to exist

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked Barack Obama for standing up for Israel's right to defend its existence, at a welcome ceremony after the US president landed near Tel Aviv.

"Thank you for defending Israel's right to unequivocably defend its right to exist," he said at Ben Gurion airport, shortly after Obama arrived for his first trip to Israel since becoming president more than four years ago.