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Trending In Our News Feeds Obama travels to the Middle East. Today, the President makes his first trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan in his four-plus years in office. The White House announced the purpose of the trip is to listen, rather than advance Middle East peace efforts, leading some to speculate that the trip is primarily an attempt to improve Obama’s weak approval ratings with Israelis. PolicyMic pundit Audrey Bloomfield argues the trip could be significant, if Obama is willing to consider the needs of both Palestinians and Israelis. Obama’s visit will last through Friday.

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