Obama in the Middle East Obama urges compromise for peace ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Uriel Sinai/Getty Images President Obama spoke to an audience of Israeli university students at the Jerusalem Convention Center on Thursday. JIM HOLLANDER/EPA Secretary of State John Kerry attended Obama's speech in Jerusalem. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images Israeli protesters called for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying. LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS President Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke together earlier in the day in Ramallah, West Bank. JASON REED/REUTERS Obama and Abbas spoke at the press conference. Raad Adayleh/AP A protester held a sign during a protest near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan. AVI OHAYON/EPA/GPO HANDOUT President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry attended a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS Before Obama's meeting with Abbas, two rockets were fired on the southern Israeli town of Sderot by militants in Gaza.