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Your Thoughts: Obama Visits the Middle East

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York, Sept. 22, 2009.
President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York, Sept. 22, 2009.
Barack Obama makes his first presidential trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan starting March 20. In our in-depth TV special, "Obama in the Middle East," we'll look at the U.S. relationship with Israel, including Obama's sometimes contentious personal relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the prospects for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and the expectations from Arab nations.

Join us March 15 at 10:30am EDT on VOA TV and voanews.com for this special program, presented in partnership with the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN).

But first we want to hear from you:

  • Are you hopeful that Israeli/Palestinian peace talks can be revived while Obama is president?
  • What is the top issue Obama should be focusing on during this trip? Israeli/Palestinian peace? Conflict in Syria? Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program?
  • If you were U.S. president, what message would you be delivering to Israelis? To Palestinians?

Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments and we'll use some of them in our March 15 broadcast.

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by: murray from: canada
March 16, 2013 10:11 AM
I would not make a president because I can't even be an umpire in a baseball game. All of what we do has already happened only not in our time space. there is the One great I Am that knows everything and the choices we make are already known before the world began and we are accountable for those choices. The problems with the Israelis goes back to Abraham Issac and Ishmael. This is enevitable to watch it all played out.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
March 15, 2013 4:59 AM
If I am a US president, I would like to propose Israelis and Parestinians that both governments should get back to and obey the resolution of UN which determined the way of land division just after WWII. I think a thought that lets a third party govern Jerusalem as a special district is one of the choice to compromise both Israelis and Parestinians.

by: mustafa from: pakistan
March 14, 2013 10:56 PM
USA is very much against IRAN for its nuclear issues where as Israel has so many atom bombs so why two different policy for one subject. USA is very much concern about human rights situation in SYRIA but USA is keep quite for human rights situation in Bahrainm, Saudi arabia and Egypt. There is no basic human rights in these countries specially in Saudi Arabia where there is freedom of religioun.

by: fujikura from: Tokyo
March 14, 2013 7:40 AM
I am from Tokyo, I have always a big question from USA Government, USA is only country that used atomic bomb against our people as well as, Israel your allegiance has a lot of atomic bomb, do you are eligible to be an international police? you are a big terrorist. It is better that you annihilate your atomic bombs after that you may play in a pretended role to be an international police.
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by: Cranksy from: USA
March 15, 2013 12:07 PM
I recognize your anger. I doubt the use of nuclear weapons against your country was justified.

by: Anh T. Huynh from: Vietnam
March 14, 2013 4:50 AM
I do have some comments related to the Obama's trip. First, the peace talks should be revived as soon as possible. The US has the strongest voice in the World, so current US president has the responsibility to make the talks happen. Second, in my point of view, the Iran's nuclear program shoud be strongly focused because Iran is likely to be a key point in the conflict escalating in Syria as well as in West bank. It means that there is a conection among three issues, and If the strongest point is solved the rest is resolved as well.
Good luck

by: Abdifatah Mohamed Miraaf from: ,Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
March 14, 2013 4:29 AM
I think the Israel/Palestinian talks cannot be revived while Obama is president, This is because of Obama's explicit bias of Israel/Palestinian talks, or Palestine Question. Obama, This is first time in American History that US head of state were directly supporting Israel for its Assaults against Palestinian People, in may press conference , Obama Condemns Palestinian sides rather than to call Israel to excise its Maximum tolerance and to call both sides to calm down the situation. From that Point of view, i think Arab world sees Obama as a big and unwavering supporter of Israel and a Man who ignores the Palestinian self determinations. Hence, its couldn't be survive !

During this visit Obama will focus on Syrian conflict and Iranian Nuclear Issues .

If i were US president, I would like to deliver both sides to Negotiate peacefully and to respect the Human rights, I would tell Israelis that Using maximum force to the Civilians should not be end the Situation, and would deliver to Palestinians that the missile attacks shouldn't benefit for them as it could only deteriorates the Peace Talks. Therefore both Sides should sit and talk directly and realize that their peace, integrity and neighborhood can only stable if they develop Peace process and find any other ways that can avoid the further bloodshed.


by: A R Sopamena from: Indonesia
March 13, 2013 8:04 PM
Yes it looks like Palestinian peace talks can be revived while Obama is president as long as they able to return the land of Palestinian in the future. God bless you Obama and congratulation for the peaceful process.

by: Mussie from: Arizona
March 13, 2013 7:33 PM
If I was the president of the United States, I would face reality head on even if it was to cost me second election. The reason I am saying is the Jewish state are doing what the Nazi did to them to some extent. By the way, am not Muslim and nor from Palestine. My religion is humanity and when I see it unbiased, the Jewish state is acting evil as it is. But one day, there will be a solution. who would think there will be an Arab Spring before some years?

by: Rob Swift from: Great Britain
March 13, 2013 4:49 PM
I hope peace talks will be revived.
The priority is to seek first the kingdom of Heaven. (The will of Allah)
The rats, the apostles of Herod have already been accused here in Great Babylon (Great Britain) so that is Good News to the children of Israel.(If they can accept it). Now they can accuse them too. The rats were told who would be their accuser, and that there was to be a controversial legal case, and that they would become one flock one Sheppard.
Now go ahead and seek good where it may be found.
Mr Obama is for the people. .

by: michael gran from: spirit lake iowa
March 13, 2013 2:17 PM
Why waste your time on it? It is just a jester with no benefit to anyone Save the tax payer money it is a wasteful trip to nobody’s advantage
Michael Grant Spirit Lake Iowa
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