Shortly after five rockets are fired at Israel and before travelling to Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Abbas, US president joins PM Netanyahu to view Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli technological innovations at Israel Museum
At the beginning of the second day of United States President Barack Obama's
the American president toured the Israel Museum and viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls
exhibition. He also viewed technological innovations and said Israeli high-tech was "inspiring."
Only two of the rockets landed on Israeli territory. One exploded in a yard in Sderot, causing some property damage, while the other landed in an open terrain in the Shaar Negev Regional Council.
Obama and Netanyahu touring museum
From the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition Obama continued to a special technological exhibition, where he examined several Israeli high-tech developments in the fields of alternative energy,
traffic accidents, medicine,
search and rescue and robotics.
Among the developments was a system which alerts the driver to dangerous road conditions, a motorized exoskeleton
which enables paralyzed people to walk and sit, a "mind control" helmet which enables using a computer without manual operation and other achievements.
Obama said the exhibition is "inspiring," but remarking on a robot the shape of a snake, he added: "My wife really wouldn't like that."
The American president went on to taste a matza and was polite enough to say it was tasty.
Later, President Shimon Peres
also arrived at the museum and cautioned Obama not to delay in Ramallah, as he is expected for dinner in Jerusalem.
Around 10:45 Obama is scheduled to fly to Ramallah
in his Marine One helicopter, where he will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
in the Mukataa,
the administrative center of the Palestinian Authority.
The two will have lunch, followed by a joint press conference.