Obama to make pre-election Israel visit

Barack Obama reportedly plans to visit Israel before the U.S. presidential election in November.

The Democrat’s likely candidate announced this week that he will tour Iraq and Afghanistan ahead of his showdown with the Republican’s likely nominee, John McCain.

Citing sources in the Obama campaign, Yediot Achronot reported Tuesday that the candidate also will come to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other top officials.

Obama is seen as anxious to burnish his national security credentials, especially given his rival’s rich military record.

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