US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Israel Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Kerry will accompany Obama on his visit from Wednesday and depart with him to Jordan on Friday, but will return to Israel on Saturday night for an additional meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry’s arrival caused heavy traffic jams due to the closure of the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Kerry will join the president in his meetings in Jerusalem and will go with Obama on Thursday to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Kerry is being accompanied by his senior adviser for Middle East affairs, Frank Lowenstein, and David Hale, the US special envoy for Middle East Peace.