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.
Russian and U.S. experts have met in Moscow to discuss America’s missile defence plans for Eastern Europe and other sensitive security issues. Russias hopes, however, seem to lie in the future.