West Bank occupation tearing Israeli democracy, says Obama

On Israel and the Palestinians, Obama says he was inspired by young Israelis on his visit in March.

“I believe there is a growing realization in Israel that the occupation of the West Bank is tearing the democratic fabric of their country.” But Israelis have the right to have their country recognized in bodies like the United Nations, and Israelis have the right to live in security.

The Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security in their own sovereign state.

Just as the Palestinians must not be displaced, the state of Israel is here to stay.

The entire international community must get behind the pursuit of peace.

Israel’s security as a Jewish democracy depends on the realization of a Palestinian state.

Arab world has to recognize the imperative for a two state solution.

A solution would help isolate and defeat extremists throughout the region.

“Let’s emerge from the familiar corners of blame and prejudice.”

Breakthroughs on the Iran and Israeli-Palestinian issues would have a profound regional impact.

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