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Biden’s first Mideast trip as president

President Biden on Wednesday opened his first visit to the Middle East since taking office by offering anxious Israeli leaders strong reassurances of his determination to stop Iran’s growing nuclear program, saying he’d be willing to use force as a “last resort.”

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July 13

Israeli soldiers take a photo near the Air Force One at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv after U.S. President Biden arrived for a three-day visit.

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July 13

Biden after disembarking from Air Force One at Ben Gurion Airport.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 13

Biden, center, is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, right, and President Isaac Herzog during an arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 13

A Palestinian woman walks in front of a billboard ahead of Biden's visit in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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Mussa Issa Qawasma/Reuters

July 13

Israeli police escort the Biden's convoy as it makes its way to King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

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Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

July 13

Biden, front center, pauses after laying a wreath during a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem.

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July 13

A photo of Biden's writing in the Yad Vashem guest book after a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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July 13

Biden talks with American Holocaust survivors Gita Cycowicz and Rena Quint in Jerusalem.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 13

The Israeli and U.S. flags are projected against the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem during Biden's visit.

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July 14

Biden, seated left, holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Lapid at a Jerusalem hotel.

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July 14

Lapid, right, listens as Biden speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem.

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July 14

Biden, right center, walks with Herzog and his wife, Michal, to meet with children waving American flags and flags of Israel during an arrival ceremony.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 14

Biden leaves an event where he was presented with the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor by Herzog in Jerusalem.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 14

People use the lights of their phones during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem with Biden in attendance.

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July 14

Biden, center, accompanied by Herzog, left, and Lapid, greets the crowd after arriving to the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem.

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Evan Vucci/AP

July 14

Biden with American athletes competing in the Maccabiah Games.

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July 15

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomes Biden in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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July 15

Marine One flies above Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Biden heads to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on Friday.

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On Thursday, Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia, capping his first trip to the Middle East with a high-stakes diplomatic engagement where he is expected to address a range of issues from oil production to human rights to the war in Yemen.

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July 15

Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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July 15

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fist bumps Biden upon his arrival at Al Salman Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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July 15

Biden, left center, participates in a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right center, at Al Salam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Jul;y 15

Biden speaks during a news conference at the Waldorf Astoria in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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