Israel greets Obama’s speech with cautionJune 5th, 2009 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, June 5(ANI): Israel on Thursday cautiously admired US President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo, where he reconfirmed and pledged a continuous US support to Israel.
Even though the US President speech also supported a Palestine cause of a different state, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying the government “expresses hope that President Obama’s important speech in Cairo will lead to a new period of reconciliation between the Arab and Muslim world, and Israel.” “We share Obama’s hope that the American efforts will signal the opening of a new era that will bring about an end to the conflict, and will lead to pan-Arab recognition of Israel as the Jewish state living in peace and security in the Middle East,” the statement read.
“Israel is obligated to peace and will do as much as possible to help expand the circle of peace, while taking into consideration its national interests, the foremost of which is security.” The statement was crafted by the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after consulting with several ministers of his cabinet. The 56-minute address to some 3,000 invited guests at Cairo University, was broadcasted on all radio and television outlets in Israel with Arabic voice-over translations by satellite stations Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Obama, during his long-awaited speech on relations between the US and the Muslim world, placed “the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world” as the second major source of tension between the US and the Muslim world.
“If we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security,” Obama said. (ANI)
- Dozens of Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers - Mar 31, 2012
- Netanyahu's heckler identified - May 25, 2011
- Unrest swells in Egypt as cornered government bans Al-Jazeera (Roundup) - Jan 30, 2011
- Palestinian negotiators deny Al-Jazeera report on Mideast peace compromise - Jan 24, 2011
- Palestinian group accuses Obama of u-turn - May 25, 2011
- Palestinian negotiators had secretly agreed partial Israel annexation - Jan 24, 2011
- Arab League to ask UN to impose no-fly zone over Gaza - Apr 11, 2011
- No alternative to peace talks: Abbas (Lead, Changing dateline) - Sep 16, 2010
- Israel says it shares Obama's hope for peace with Arabs, Muslims - Jun 04, 2009
- Israeli government responds to President Obama's speech in Cairo - Jun 05, 2009
- Obama 'backed out of land promise to Palestinians' - Jan 25, 2011
- Obama's Middle East Policy: A Road To Peace - Aug 04, 2009
- Arab League to form panel to probe Arafat's death - Jul 18, 2012
- Netanyahu praises Obama's push for Mid-East peace talks - Sep 24, 2009
- US envoy calls for prompt Israeli-Palestinian talks (Lead) - Jun 09, 2009
Tags: al arabiya, al jazeera, american efforts, arab world, arabic voice, barack obama, binyamin netanyahu, blind to the truth, cairo university, israeli prime minister, israelis and palestinians, israelis palestinians, jerusalem post, jewish state, live in peace, minute address, muslim world, president speech, satellite stations, television outlets