President Barack Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday in his first visit to the conflict-plagued Middle Eastern country.
Obama was greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres in an arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv. In a quip to Netanyahu, Obama said, "It is nice to get away from Congress," referring to the political infighting in Washington.
Obama (C) walks on the red carpet with Peres (L) and Netanyahu (R) during an official welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Obama shakes hands with children before signing a guest book at the residence of Peres in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
In a lighter moment, the limo waiting for Obama's arrival malfunctioned after the driver fueled it with gasoline instead of diesel. It had to be towed, although a second limo was brought in to transport the president.
Obama introduces Secretary of State John Kerry to Peres during a bilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
After signing the guest book, Obama planted a magnolia tree from the White House at Peres' home in Jerusalem.
Obama (L) participates in a news conference with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Obama affirmed U.S. commitment to the security of the Jewish state and said peace must come to the Holy Land.
Obama views the Dead Sea Scrolls with Netanyahu (not pictured) at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Here, Obama and Netanyahu eat Matzo bread delivered to them by miniature robots as they toured a technology expo at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Obama hugs U.S. Army Sergeant Theresa Hannigan (2nd L) from Long Island, N.Y., as she wears an electronic leg technology named ReWalk, alongside Netanyahu (R), during a tour of the technology expo at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
A Palestinian protester holds a placard during a demonstration against Obama's visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday. Around 150 Palestinians chanted slogans against Obama and marched to the main government compound where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was receiving him.
A Palestinian slaps a shoe on a picture of Obama during a protest against his visit in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on Thursday. Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed Thursday in a southern Israeli border town that Obama mentioned in a speech on his arrival in Israel a day earlier.
Obama (L) and Abbas leave the stage after a joint news conference at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah on Thursday.
Obama greets Palestinian children during his visit to the Al Bireh Youth Center in Ramallah on Thursday.
Obama was interrupted by hecklers Thursday during a speech to the Israeli people at the Jerusalem Convention Center. Rather than get mad, Obama drew thunderous applause for calming the crowd and responding, "This is part of the lively debate we talked about."