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Obama strives to reassure wary Israelis

JERUSALEM — It took four years and a second term, but President Obama traveled to Israel on Wednesday for a richly symbolic state visit, bearing a message of solidarity to a wary Israeli public and a promise to defend Israel from threats near and far.

“Shalom,’’ Obama said after embracing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres under the shadow of Air Force One at Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. ‘‘I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our nations,’’ he said.

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