Sneek Peak: Obama in Israel

Barack Obama's next stop on his overseas tour is Israel where he will focus on the complicated issue of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Upon landing in Tel Aviv late Tuesday night, Obama said he will address "profound security issues" that affect the United States and Israel and reaffirm the relationship between the two nations.

"I am looking forward to spending the day tomorrow not only traveling around the country but also having discussions with Israelis leadership about some of the profound security issues that both the U.S. and Israel are going to have to confront in the years to come," the presumptive Democratic nominee said. "I want input and insight from Israel's leaders about how they see the current situation. I'll share some of my ideas."

"The most important idea for me to reaffirm is the historic, special relationship between the United States and Israel. One that cannot be broken, one that I have affirmed through out my career, and one that I would intend to not only continue but actually strengthen in an Obama administration."

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report that Obama has a packed schedule of meetings in Israel Wednesday. He has sit-downs with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Israeli President Shimon Perez, as well as Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama will travel to Ramallah where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. From there he heads to the southern Israeli town of Sderot where he will meet with a family affected by violence there.

Obama will also visit Yad Vashem, the Israeli memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is possible that he will visit the Western Wall. John McCain paid a visit to the site when he was in Jerusalem in the spring.

Tivo Alert! ABC News' Charles Gibson sits down with Obama in Jerusalem for an interview that will air on Good Morning America and World News on Wednesday.

John McCain holds a town hall meeting and press availability in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The presumptive Republican nominee sits down for an interview with ABC News' David Wright in the Keystone State.

McCain continued his stateside barrage against Obama on foreign policy and today used some of his strongest words when talking about Obama's judgment compared to his own, ABC News' Jennifer Duck reports.

"This is a clear choice that the American people have.  I had the courage and the judgment to say that I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war.  It seems to me that Sen. Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign," McCain said in Rochester, New Hampshire today around the same time Sen. Obama was speaking with reporters overseas.

GOP Officials Talk Strategy in Battleground States

RNC Chairman Mike Duncan kicks off a three week "Victory 2008 Tour" on Wednesday and hits the road with McCain Political Director and Deputy Campaign Manager Mike DuHaime, RNC Political Director Rich Beeson, and RNC Strategy Director Bill Steiner. The group will meet with state Republican leaders to discuss strategy and discuss John McCain and the Republican Party's strategy for victory this fall.

Duncan and Co. will go to Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina to discuss GOP registration, microtargeting, GOTV and fundraising efforts leading up to Election Day.

"The point of the trip is to rally the troops and see our grassroots operations firsthand. Elections aren't won inside the Beltway," an RNC official said. "This is a good time to take stock and get set to turn out the vote. We have a strong grassroots operation in place and will be ready."

McCain: Turning on his "base"?

The McCain campaign, frustrated with what they perceive as over-the-top glowing coverage of Obama on his overseas trip and so far in the general election campaign, released a video today mocking the press. The video uses clips of several reporters (with a heavy dose of MSNBC's Chris Matthews) fawning over Obama on air.

ABC News' Rick Klein notes that this criticism from the McCain campaign is "particularly striking" given that McCain "has long enjoyed a cozy relationship with journalists."

"In 2000 and 2008, his Republican rivals accused members of the media of being too close to McCain, and McCain once jokingly referred to the political press corps as 'my base,'"Klein reports.

On the campaign front. . .


-- 10:00 am ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

-- 11:45 am ET: Speaks to members of the media, Wilkes-Barre, PA.


-- Traveling abroad in Jerusalem, Israel.

At the White House. . .


-- 10:45 am ET: Signs H.R. 3403, the New and Emerging Technologies 911 improvement Act of 2008.

-- 1:10 pm ET: Attends defense department briefing with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon.

-- 3:25 pm ET: Participates in photo-op with 2008 Boys and GirlsNation delegates at the White House.

-- 3:45 pm ET: Signs proclamation in honor of the 60th anniversary of Armed Forces integration, White House.

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The Bottom Line on Obama's Trip
George Stephanopoulos assesses the presidential hopeful's progress. LINK

Obama's Mideast Tour Continues
The senator arrives in Jordan today with a stop in Israel to follow. LINK

Obama's Hot Zone Tour
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McCain vs. Obama on Iraq
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Obama in Iraq
ABC's Terry Moran talks with the Democratic candidate on withdrawal timetables. LINK