PBS NewsHour plans extensive coverage of Obama's Middle East tour

Michelle Clancy | 18-03-2013

PBS NewsHour is gearing up for comprehensive coverage of President Obama's first official visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.
NewsHour senior correspondent Margaret Warner will report from the Middle East with a five-part look at the trip and the issues it will raise restraining Iran's nuclear programme, dealing with conflict in Syria, and prospects for restarting Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process chief among them.
Warner will be traveling with the President and reporting from the region for much of the week. On 18 March, NewsHour will look at Prime Minister Netanyahu's new governing coalition, which takes office Monday, bringing together parties with far different agendas.
On Tuesday, Warner will explore the deep split between the two governing Palestinian factions the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza.
On Wednesday, Warner will report from Jerusalem on President Obama's day-long meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Thursday's programme will cover President's trip to Ramallah and his discussions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, focused on prospects for renewing the peace process.
And on Friday, President Obama finishes out his trip in Jordan, meeting with King Abdullah to discuss how the dangers posed by the widening Syria conflict and how to contain them, as well as the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians. Warner will report from Amman.