Obama: Palestine a priority

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A televised news conference on Tuesday in the US highlighted what are the current priorities for President Barack Obama - the US economy and the birth of "Palestine."

Almost the entire press conference focused on the economy and Obama's spending bills, but the single question about foreign policy revolved around the recent election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister and the perception that that will greatly impede peace efforts.

Asked if Netanyahu's ascendancy will make reaching a final status Middle East peace deal more difficult, Obama said that it certainly won't help, but that only means he will need to be more persistent than his predecessors.

Obama said he does not yet know the final make-up of the new Israeli and the next Palestinian governments, but what he does know is that the "status quo is unsustainable."

The solution: "It is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in their own states with peace and security."

The mainstream US media appears to be on board with Obama's list of priorities, as one Los Angeles Times blogger noted that even though there are wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that played prominently in Obama's election campaign, they were not mentioned once by reporters at the press conference.

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