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.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, embraced by the West and his Arab allies, is emerging as a facilitator for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The controversial idea – though not new – could still undermine Netanyahu and erode Israel's relations with moderate Arab countries.
Hamas has vowed revenge on Fatah after a shootout between the two factions in the West Bank that left six dead.
Though pleased with Obama's meeting with Palestinian President Abbas Thursday, they are waiting to see if the US president will break from decades of failed US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Not only are Fatah and Hamas deadlocked in a power struggle. Abbas’s own Fatah bloc has rejected his new government.