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Obama as friend to Israel: Accept Palestine

Obama as friend to Israel: Accept Palestine

This goes into into my Top 10 favorite things Obama has ever said:

(excuse the short clips of Chris Matthews, it was the best I could do using their sub-clip feature):

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You know, politically, given the strong bipartisan support for Israel in America, the easiest thing for me to do would be to put this issue aside, just express unconditional support for whatever Israel decides to do. That would be the easiest political path. But I want you to know that I speak to you as a friend who is deeply concerned and committed to your future, and I ask you to consider three points.

First, peace is necessary. (Cheers, applause.) I believe that. I believe that peace is the only path to true security. You can be -- (applause) -- you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently secures the Zionist dream, or you can face a growing challenge to its future. Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine.

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