Sunday, September 26, 2010

Obama Urges UN Members to Stand Behind Israel in Peace Talks

(Bloomberg).President Barack Obama told the United Nations that the allies of Israel and the Palestinians must match words with deeds to support the peace process or risk more years of bloodshed.

Obama used the stage of the General Assembly’s opening in New York to renew the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and urge Arab nations to move forward on normalizing relations with the Jewish state.
“Peace must be made by Israelis and Palestinians, but each of us has a responsibility to do our part as well.”
Obama said those who count themselves as friends of the Palestinians in the Arab world must seize the opportunity for a peace agreement that will lead to a Palestinian state. They can do that by supporting the Palestinian Authority financially and politically and by coming to terms with Israel’s existence, he said.
“Those who long to see an independent Palestine rise must stop trying to tear Israel down.”
He also pledged firm U.S. backing for Israel.
“After 60 years in the community of nations, Israel’s existence must not be a subject for debate, It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States.”