Obama has discussed plans for a spring trip to Israel with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House revealed this morning. The trip will probably form part of a Middle Eastern tour encompassing Turkey, Egypt, and other countries.
Obama has not yet visited Israel as president, a fact that drew stinging criticism from Romney during the 2012 race. If he failed to visit Israel at all during both terms, it would be a major departure from other recent presidents, as Politico points out. Bush visited Israel twice - both times in his final year as president - and Clinton visited 4 times. Obama last went to Israel in summer 2008, during his first presidential campaign.