The Israeli government praised U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Muslims on Thursday by saying it shared his hopes for Middle East peace, but also said Israel's security interests remained paramount.
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"We share President Obama's hope that the American effort heralds the opening of a new era that will bring an end to the conflict and to general Arab recognition of Israel as the nation of the Jewish people that lives in security and peace in the Middle East," an official statement said after Obama's address in Cairo.
The statement made no mention of settlements, which Obama said should not be expanded, nor Palestinian statehood.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Israel Sulks at Obama Speech
Bitter, totally in denial, and completely ungrateful for Obama's pronounced pro-Israeli bias, the Netanyahu regime responded churlishly to his Cairo speech: