Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has described America’s support for Israel as “unshakeable”.
It is her first visit to the region as US secretary of state.
After eight years of the Bush administration, many Arab-American residents in the West Bank are hoping ties with the US will be strengthened.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports.
As violence continues in the streets of Gaza, President-elect Obama has finally spoken out about the conflict. As Chip Reid reports, there are new questions about future U.S. policy towards Israel.