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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Obama Pushes To Jump-Start Peace Process In Jerusalem Speech

Obama Pushes To Jump-Start Peace Process In Jerusalem Speech

President Barack Obama highlighted his first presidential trip to Israel by pushing for Israelis to jump-start the peace process, during a high-profile speech at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

Obama’s nearly hour-long speech revolved around the concept that “peace is necessary,” “peace is just,” and “peace is possible.” The president left no doubt that he views a two-state solution as the only pathway to such a peace.

“Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state, and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their security,” Obama said. “Israelis must recognize…that an independent Palestine must be viable– that real borders will have to be drawn.”

Obama’s goal of reviving the stalled peace talks is a tall order, given the ongoing violence in Gaza and the West Bank and the deep skepticism with which most Israelis view Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Still, a majority of Israelis favor a two-state solution despite the challenges it poses.

At many points throughout his address, Obama spoke bluntly of Israel’s need to do more to work towards peace.

“[T]he Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized,” Obama said at one point in his speech. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished.  It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home.”

“Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” the president added bluntly. “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”

Obama also took a subtle shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — with whom Obama has shared many lighthearted moments throughout his trip — insisting that “continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace.”

In another crucial moment, Obama went off-script to directly address his Israeli audience. “I honestly believe that if — if any Israeli parent sat down with those [Palestinian] kids, they’d say, ‘I want these kids to succeed. I want them to prosper. I want them to have opportunities just like my kids do.’ I believe that’s what Israeli parents would want for these kids if they had a chance to listen to them and talk to them. I believe that.” These impromptu remarks were met with applause from the audience, further illustrating the commitment of young Israelis for peace in the region.

  • Crossroads

    Hatred of the Jews is satanic, and will not end until the Prince of Peace returns…….

    Mark 13:14-20…

    The Great Tribulation….and the anti-christ……..

    14 “So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. 16 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 17 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 And pray that your flight may not be in winter. 19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. 20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

    • Who is hating on the Jews here in this article ?? You bible story believers are a huge part of the problem that is holding back peace in the Middle East because bible fanaticism actually promotes the ongoing Settlement theft of the Palestinian Homelands between the green line and the Jordan River, Land that Bible fanatics believe was given to the Jews by god through Abraham. Bible stories have no place in these discussions and think about it, Isn’t their a commandment “THOU SHALT NOT STEAL” ? Or should Palestinians do as another bible text says about giving a thief more than he asked for ? LOL You can use the bible to justify anything you want, think back to the Slavery days, the good christian southerner used the story of Jesus telling slaves to Obey their masters.

      Crossroads, I wonder who you might be suggesting is the Anti-christ?

      With bible stories in the Mix in the Middle East, no damn wonder there’s no peace, when it comes to peace in the Middle East, we’d be far better off if people’s imaginary version of God were out of the picture.

    • lana ward

      WOW!!! I finally agree with someone on this site—YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

  • nobsartist

    Fuck the jews. I just want to find out how they acquired 200 nuclear weapons and who in our government was responsible so they can be quickly put to death.

  • JDavidS

    Non-starter until they dump NetanYAHOO.

    • lana ward

      They dug up the tree Obama planted there. That’s how much they like and trust him!

      • JDavidS

        Still doin’ crack I see, eh lana. That’s common agricultural policy in Israel as in many countries. The tree will be checked for parasites, etc. and then replanted. As I said…common practise.