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Obama Will Revisit Themes of “Cairo Speech” in Israel

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President Barack Obama speaks at Cairo University in Cairo. Photo: Chuck Kennedy.

The Hill – President Obama aims to encourage religious tolerance and political engagement by young people during his first trip to Israel next week, the White House said, echoing the themes of his 2009 speech in Cairo.

The president leaves Tuesday night for Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. He turned down an invitation to address the Israeli legislature in favor of a convention speech to university students and opted to visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, both highly symbolic decisions.

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