President Obama in Israel During Rocket Attack

The president is trying to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the table.
2:28 | 03/21/13

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including the president. President obama in the west bank meeting with palestinian leaders now as rockets land just a few miles away. Which is a problem as those rocks not making it any easier to make his appeal for peace this morning. The president saying that the creation, though, of a palestinian state remains a priority for his administration. Let's get right to abc's jonathan karl in the west bank this morning where he is traveling, of course, with the president. Good morning, jon. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Several rockets fired from the gaza strip struck southern israel this morning. They didn't cause much damage, but they served as a reminder that the president is visiting a country very much under fire. ♪ president obama arrived this morning in the west bank. His message here, the importance of peace between the israelis and the palestinians. But fears of war have dominated the trip specifically fears that iran is dangerously close to getting a nuclear weapon. The greatest danger is a nuclear iran. In order to stop iran's nuclear programs peacefully diplomacy and sangs must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of action. Reporter: When it comes to iran, the president says the u.S. Stands firm with israel. We agree on our goal. Do not have a policy of containment when it comes to a nuclear iran. Our policy is prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Reporter: Even if it takes a military strike against iran. I will repeat all options are on the table. We will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. Reporter: President obama has had a frosty relationship with prime minister netanyahu, but on this trip both men have been determined to show that they are staunch ally, maybe even friends. Obama joking about meeting netanyahu's sons. They are very good-looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. Well, I can say the same of your daughters. Reporter: After meeting with obama for more than two hours netanyahu affirmed his trust of the president when it comes to iran. I'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. Reporter: Later today the president returns to jerusalem where he hopes to bring a little campaign magic to the trip with a speech to some 600 israeli college students. The white house sees this as an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people. Urging them to make a new effort to make peace with the palestinians.

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