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UPDATED: Muslims, Jews Pay Close Attention to Obama’s Middle East Speech

posted by Nicole Neroulias

President Obama is giving gave a speech about the “Arab Spring” and related upheavals in the Middle East this morning, and is meeting with Israeli officials tomorrow and Sunday (unless the world ends).

Here’s the text of the speech, which included this message about Osama bin Laden and Islam:

Bin Laden was no martyr. He was a mass murderer who offered a message of hate –- an insistence that Muslims had to take up arms against the West, and that violence against men, women and children was the only path to change. He rejected democracy and individual rights for Muslims in favor of violent extremism; his agenda focused on what he could destroy -– not what he could build.

Obama also reiterated U.S. support for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan based on the 1967 borders and mutually agreed land swaps.

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nnmns

posted May 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm


The 1967 borders make a very good place to draw the lines.



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Robert C

posted May 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm


nonsense.



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MH

posted May 20, 2011 at 8:08 am


Well there’s talk and then there are facts on the ground. Given that Israel doesn’t think a land for peace deal will be honored, lots of luck convincing them to accept it. So I imagine Israel thinks the border ought to be at the existing security fence.



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