News spread this afternoon that President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel this spring. Though the president visited Israel during his candidacy in 2008, this trip will mark his first visit to the Holy Land as president.
Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, told reporters about the trip in a briefing Tuesday.
Carney said Obama discussed the planned trip during a recent phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama also will meet with Palestinian leaders and visit Jordan, he said during the daily briefing with reporters.
Details are expected to be released in the coming weeks, but other news outlets report that as part of his trip to the Middle East, President Obama will also visit the West Bank and Jordan.
Secretary of State John Kerry also plans to visit Israel next month.