Obama recalls his trip to Israel as a candidate

October 22, 2012

I was on that trip, as a correspondent for TIME Magazine. Here's what I wrote at the time:

If Barack Obama's first trip to the Middle East as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was a series of tests on how well he knows his way around the most delicate corners of U.S. foreign policy, his last day in the region, shuttling back and forth between the Israelis and the Palestinians, was a fitting final exam. 

Obama's words were measured and cautious — and, most important, balanced in their substance and their symbolism. The Illinois Senator, whom some American Jews have accused of not being sufficiently pro-Israel, said over and over again that he would put prime importance on Israel's security needs. And he promised that if he is elected President, he will keep his focus on helping to foster peace between the Israelis and Palestinians... 

Read the full piece.  

Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.
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