Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks — Glen Walker Reports
Two rockets launched from Gaza hit southern Israel today.
The same day as President Obama’s visit to the west bank to talk about the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“If both sides can make that leap together,, then not only do I believe that the Israeli people and the Palestinian people would ultimately support it in huge numbers, but I also think the whole world would cheer,” President Obama said.
Following earlier meetings with Israeli leaders, Mr. Obama met with Palestinian authority president Mahmoud Abbas to discuss key the sticking points in the peace process including Jewish settlements in the west bank. He stressed the path to peace is negotiating two state solution.
“I hereby assert against we are ready to implement all our commitments and obligations,” according to Mahmoud Abbas, President Palestinian Authority.
“The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it,” Obama says.
During another speech on Thursday in Jerusalem the president was interrupted by a heckler.
“This is part of the lively debate we talk about. This is good,” Obama responded. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable if I didn’t have at least one heckler.”
Most of the Jerusalem audience, college students.
The President urged them to put pressure on Israeli leaders to make peace with Palestinians. He also told the Israelis they were not alone and he issued a warning to a common enemy.
“Iran must not get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “This is not a danger that can be contained. America will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”
— Glen Walker, KTLA News