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Why it matters that Obama visited the Dead Sea Scrolls

JERUSALEM — In the eyes of many Israelis, the ancient scrolls are virtually a deed to the land of Israel.

Obama in Israel: A new direction for American foreign policy?

JERUSALEM — Obama's speech, that to secure its own future Israel has no choice but to pursue peace, and his exhortation to youth to lead their own politicians toward action, have left a deep impression among Israelis. "There was nothing more moving for me than hearing the applause of those students every time Obama said, 'you must end occupation,'" said one Arab-Israeli lawmaker.

Introducing the Kerry Initiative: a secret, new Mideast peace plan

JERUSALEM — On his first visit to Israel, President Barack Obama may have brought a new peace plan hidden in the most visible place possible: his new secretary of state.
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