Over the past week Israel hosted US President Barack Obama on
his first presidential trip to the country, and his first diplomatic
excursion abroad since taking office for a second term.
Obama's visit has been criticized for not having any immediate impact on
peace negotiations in the region, over two days he managed to reassure
of America's unwavering support towards maintaining Israel's security as
well as wider Middle East stability, condemn the violence and risk of a
chemical weapons overspill from Syria's ongoing civil conflict, and
call for further diplomacy over the Iranian nuclear threat while
assuring 'all options are on the table'.
He praise the
Palestinian Authority leaders for their work over the past five years in
building infrastructure towards securing a viable Palestinian state,
called for an end to the occupation, and expressed his unwavering
commitment for a two state solution.
He expressed his acceptance
of the Jewish state, publicly acknowledging both the ancient ties and
modern political significance of the Jews underlying its existence, with
his trips to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and Mount Herzl.
charmed the next generation of Israelis, with his expressions of promise
and hope for their vibrant democracy's future, at his epicentral speech
Just before he left for Jordan, he encouraged PM
Netanyahu who picked up the phone and spoke with Turkey PM Erdogan for
the first time since their stalemate began after the Mavi Marmara
flotilla incident in 2010, a first step towards repairing cold relations
between both countries.
While all remains said rather than done for now, it's not too bad for two days work.
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