US President Barack Obama is due to fly into Jerusalem on March 20 for a landmark visit. It is his first trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories since winning the White House in 2008.
Israeli activists from the NGO ‘Peace Now’,which promotes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have prepared a huge banner for him. It reads “we, the people want peace”.
Yariv Oppenheimer, Director of ‘Peace Now’, explained: “Hopefully President Obama will be able to see this big sign from his window and to understand that most Israelis are supporting the peace effort.”
In Ramallah, Palestinians have taken to the streets calling for improved conditions.
Teacher Sabri Abu Maria said: “Unfortunately, the economic situation here is very bad. This affects the citizens so they don’t feel as committed to their country. It’s getting worse every day.”
Those living in Ramallah and the Gaza strip are hopeful that a donor meeting held in Brussels on March 19 could help improve the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis.