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Full text of President Obama’s Speech to Israelis in Jerusalem

U.S. President Barack Obama, addressing Israeliā€™s, gave the following speech in Jerusalem on Thursday marking his first visit to Israel since becoming president.

The transcript was prepared by the White House:

President Obama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv

President Barack Obama pauses as the national anthem of the United States is played during the official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013. The President is flanked by Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcome that I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.

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