(WASHINGTON TIMES) President Obama in Israel is touting America’s shared alliances, telling that nation’s key political leaders he is visiting to show his friendship and doubled-down commitment to security.

The United States is Israel’s “strongest ally and your greatest friend,” Mr. Obama said to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of his Wednesday visit, The Associated Press reports.

And in what AP describes as a subtle reference to the region’s tensions and regime changes, he said, “The winds of change bring both promise and peril.” Mr. Obama also referenced America’s absolute commitment to helping Israel maintain secure borders, AP said.

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