Obama: Mideast peace bid needed more than ever


Obama said last Tuesday that it was “more vital than ever” to revive long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking even there’s political upheaval in the broader Middle East.

Speaking after talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Obama pledged to keep pressing for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The president plans to deliver a major policy speech on the “Arab spring” on Thursday, meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and address an influential pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday.

 

“Despite the many changes — or perhaps because of the many changes that have taken place in the region — it’s more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to … begin negotiating a process whereby they can create two states living side by side in peace and security,” Obama told reporters.

The president hopes to use the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden, which for now has boosted his standing at home and abroad, as a chance to reach out to a large Arab audience.

 

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