(LIN) — He was heckled, yelled at and imitated in protests, but President Barack Obama has wrapped his tour of Israel with a common theme: Peace.
He finished his three-day trip by paying respects to victims of the Holocaust.
"Here on your ancient land, let it be said for all the world to hear, the state of Israel does not exist because of the Holocaust but with the survival of a strong Jewish state of Israel such a Holocaust will never happen again." he said. "Here we pray that we all can be better, that we can all grow like the sapling near the children's memorial, a sapling from a chestnut tree that Anne Frank could see from her window."
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Even before Obama landed in Israel, demonstrators protested in the streets against the president's visit.
Despite the opposition, an editorial in Israel's Haaretz newspaper said "Obama's goal in coming to Israel has been achieved."
"He won Israeli hearts and gave Israelis a sense of security, in the hope that now they will take charge and push the leadership toward a peace agreement with the Palestinians," it added.
Obama finished his trip in the Middle East Friday with a trip to Jordan.
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