In his first visit, Obama vows unwavering support for Israel

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JERUSALEM — Renewing U.S. support for the difficult “work of generations,” President Barack Obama assured Israel today that his administration would pursue an elusive Mideast peace that would allow residents of the Jewish state to live in peace and free from the threat of terror.

“In this work, the state of Israel will have no greater friend than the United States,” the president declared after meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres during his first visit to Israel as president.

Seeking to alter a perception among many Israelis that his government has been less supportive of Israel than previous U.S. administrations, Obama declared the U.S.-Israeli alliance “eternal.”

Even before leaving the airport for Jerusalem, Obama offered a vivid display of the U.S. commitment to Israeli security by visiting a missile battery that is part of Israel’s Iron Dome defense from militant rocket attacks. The United States has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing the system with Israel.

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