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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - President Obama heads to Jordan and Bethlehem Friday As he continues his Mideast tour.
The President begins the third day of his Mideast trip in Jordan after paying tribute to Israel's history.
He'll visit Bethlehem with the Palestinian president. Thursday night, he received Israel's highest honor, the Medal of Distinction.
But protests in the West Bank prove that America is not popular with everyone in the area.
President Obama is walking a bit of a tight-rope between supporting statehood for Israel and the Palestinians.
"Make no mistake, those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting Israel's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them, or the sky above because Israel is not going anywhere," said President Obama, who added "Just as Israeli's built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land."
Friday, he'll meet with King Abdullah to talk about the spillover effect of Syria's war and the 350,000 refugees there.