The White House hasn't officially announced dates for Obama's trip, though Israeli media said the president is due there on March 20. In addition to his stop in the West Bank, Obama will also visit Jordan, key U.S. ally in the region that could help persuade Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in peace talks.
Newly sworn in Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and other countries in the region this month to lay the groundwork for Obama's trip. Kerry also spoke with Netanyahu and Abbas over the weekend to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the peace process.
Beyond discussing Iran and the status of peace talks, Obama and Netanyahu are expected to discuss the violence in Syria and the political tumult in Egypt, the only Middle Eastern country that has a peace treaty with Israel.
Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, described Obama's regional agenda in Israel as "very urgent."
Associated Press writers Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
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