In this handout image supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO), U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.