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App to track Obama’s Israel visit

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March 11, 2013 | 6:23 am

U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on March 7. Photo by REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on March 7. Photo by REUTERS/Larry Downing

Israel's Prime Minister's Office launched an app to follow President Obama's visit in real time.

The app, which is available though Israel's Apple store, will assist journalists covering the visit and allow Israelis to receive real-time updates, including video streaming. It will be available shortly for Android.

Now available in Hebrew and English, the app soon will be available in Arabic, Ynet reported.

The app was announced Sunday at a preparatory meeting ahead of Obama's visit to Israel later this month. Representatives from the Prime Minister's Office, the president's residence, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Israel Police, the Jerusalem Municipality, Ben-Gurion International Airport and other agencies attended the meeting.

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said it was "very important" that the visit be marked by three points: "One, that it go smoothly from start to finish. It is important for us that the Prime Minister and the President have fruitful and productive talks -- this is the basis for the continuation of work over the next four years. It is important to us that the President and all those who watch the visit see the beautiful Land of Israel as much as possible given the short schedule.

"Cooperation between all elements -- among all the Israelis, and between us and the Americans -- is also vital for the success of the visit." 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Israel announced a competition for 20 seats at Obama's speech in Israel. Hopefuls must like the embassy's Facebook page and in the comments section explain why they should be invited. The post had 400 likes on Sunday within six hours of the announcement.

The speech is scheduled to take place at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.

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