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March 18, 2013 12:32 am

White House Downplays Expectations for Obama Middle East Trip

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Mahmoud Abbas and Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office. Photo: White House.

Fox News – As President Obama heads to the Middle East this week, including his first visit to Israel, the White House is downplaying expectations, saying the president hopes only to help leaders come together to bring peace and democracy to the region.

The president arrives Wednesday in Jerusalem, where he will try to improve his relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the heels of a newly installed Israeli government.

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