Palestinian officials say U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama has pledged to quickly involve himself in the Mideast peace
process if elected in November.
Hundreds of Palestinian security officers lined the streets during
Senator Obama's hour-long meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas ton Wednesday in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
An Abbas aide, Saeb Erekat, told reporters Obama said he would "not
waste a minute" pushing for a peace deal because it is vital to U.S.
Obama's rival for the U.S. presidency, Republican Senator John McCain,
did not meet with Palestinian leaders when he visited Israel in March.
Earlier, Obama praised Israel as a "miracle that has blossomed."
He is scheduled to travel to the Israeli town of Sderot, which has been
targeted by rocket attacks, and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert over dinner.