Netanyahu's Office Unveils Special App Ahead of Obama's Visit to Israel

Users will receive live updates from the president's visit, complete with streaming video, photo galleries, and connections to Facebook and Instagram.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday unveiled a special mobile app to commemorate, track and promote the upcoming visit to Israel of U.S. President Barack Obama. It is targeted toward journalists and members of the general public wishing to follow the president's trip, and will provide users with live updates from Obama's visit, as well as provide real-time video broadcasts of events from his itinerary. It also offers a photo gallery and connections to social networks like Facebook and Instagram.

The app is currently available for iPhone users and appears in both English and Hebrew, and its designers are expected to unveil an Arabic-language version, as well a version for Android smartphones, very soon.

“We are preparing for the arrival of hundreds of journalists in advance of President Obama’s visit. Our aim is to give the best possible service to these hundreds of journalists," said National Information Directorate head Liran Dan on Sunday. "We will maintain media operations rooms that will make information available to journalists 24 hours a day. We will also emphasize the flow of information on the social networks and as part of this we have launched the Prime Minister’s Office application for smartphones.”

Obama will arrive in Israel on March 20.