Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others, thinks Mark Twain’s travel memoir “The Innocents Abroad,” in which he chronicles his 1867  visit to Ottoman-ruled Palestine, “helps to prove that the Arab presence in what is today Israel was so insignificant before the arrival of Zionist pioneers that modern Palestinian claims on the land are unfounded.”  

He did not, however, give president Obama a copy of Twain’s book.  He gave him a Bible.