Many Israelis see the president's decision to bypass Jerusalem as part of a broader shift in US priorities in the region.
The president stopped in Saudi Arabia, where 79 percent of residents view him favorably, on Wednesday. But in Cairo tomorrow, he'll address a skeptical audience of 1.4 billion Muslims.
Bernanke warned Wednesday that federal debt as a share of GDP is approaching highest levels since the early 1950s, after the massive borrowing of World War II.
The next year will be crucial, several top defense officials say. The US must begin to show progress or risk losing public support.