March 21st, 2013
09:28 AM ET

Obama: Palestinians deserve own state

U.S. President Barack Obama visited the West Bank on Thursday, stressing the need for direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a two-state solution.

"The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it," Obama said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Palestinians deserve a future of hope," he said. "Palestinians deserve a state of their own."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Anyone can understand the USA's utility for establishing and maintaining Israel where Palestine used to be: walk to work for a week during the winter.
    While walking, contemplate one enormous Persia comprising the entire territory now occupied by separate Arab states.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    No@ JIF not every American.
    This state was not established by us Roosevelt, against advise by the then State dept and Congress a recognized it, after a unilateral declaration by the Zionist movement and regretted it ever after (his memoirs).

    March 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    To be treated as an ally is one thing but to surrender our own interests and sovereign decisions on the pretext of a drummed up intertwined 'security' specter is not acceptable.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Correction. Pl read that as President Harry S.Truman.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ saywhat:
    We are in basic agreement, so why do you assume that I am ignorant of the history of Zionism? Without the USA's "blessings," Israel would not have lasted long after the King David Hotel fireworks.

    March 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "The meaning of Israel" is not founded in Germans' quest for racial purity and land with room to live. That meaning is found in interests of human beings who live far away from Palestinians and persons who were born in Israel.

    March 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    President Obama said, "Palestinians deserve a state of their own."
    Surely the President meant a state that has military power, unrestricted access at its own borders, and control of those borders. States have things like that, don't they?

    March 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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