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Photos: Obama tours Middle East

Updated 12:16 PM ET, Fri March 22, 2013
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President Barack Obama visits the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Avner Shalev, the museum's director, on Friday, March 22, in Jerusalem. As part of his Mideast tour, Obama wrapped up his first trip to Israel as president and arrived in Jordan, another key ally, on Friday. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Obama tours Yad Vashem with Israeli leaders on March 22. The stop was part of an effort to help bolster the U.S. president's standing with Israelis by showing his understanding of the history of the Jewish state. Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images
Obama pays his respects in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem on March 22 as Marines lay a wreath on his behalf. Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images
Obama visits Yad Vashem on March 22. The president turned up the "eternal flame" of remembrance for the millions of Jewish victims of Nazi death camps. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas review the honor guard during an official arrival ceremony at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Thursday, March 21. Obama arrived in Ramallah on his first visit as president. It's part of his sweep across the Middle East, which also includes visits to Israel and Jordan. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Obama and Abbas shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata on March 21. Obama has asked for Israelis and Palestinians to discuss a two-state solution to the long-running conflict. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images
Obama and Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, greet a young dancer following a performance at the al-Bireh Youth Center in Ramallah on March 21. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Final preparations are made before Obama's speech to Israeli students on March 21 in Jerusalem. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center right, hosts Obama at a dinner on Wednesday, March 21, Jerusalem, Israel. Obama is making his first trip to Israel as president. Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images
Israeli President Shimon Peres welcomes Obama to his residence on Wednesday, March 20, in Jerusalem. Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images
Obama and Peres listen to children sing before meeting on March 20. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Obama and Peres head into the Israeli president's house in Jerusalem on March 20. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu greets Obama at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on March 20. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A boy waves a Palestinian flag at a camp Palestinians set up to demonstrate against Obama's visit on March 20. Activists erected the tent city outside Jerusalem in the West Bank to protest the Obama trip and continued Israeli construction of settlements in what they consider an occupied territory. Ilia Yefimovich/Getty images
Palestinians in Gaza City hold up placards demonstrating against Obama's visit on March 20. Ashraf Amra APA /Landov
Obama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 20. Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images
Obama greets Israeli officials during the welcome ceremony at the airport on March 20. Israeli President Shimon Peres, second from right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, are by Obama's side. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Obama shares a laugh with Israeli President Shimon Peres during the official welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20. Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images
Obama accompanies Israeli President Benjamin Nethanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20 in a handout image from the Government Press Office of Israel. Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Iimages
Air Force One waits at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20 after Obama's arrival. OLIWER WEIKEN/EPA/LANDOV
The official limousine awaiting Obama's arrival in Israel is towed after malfunctioning in Jerusalem on March 20. The limo failed to start after its driver refueled it using gasoline rather than diesel fuel, an official said. Courtesy 2424.co.il