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. JohnWV

    Israel's two state solution envisions isolated Palestinian ghettos surrounded by an ever encroaching Jewish empire. Absurd. The Jewish State must be made to recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem together, neither pinched nor parceled, and pay punitive reparations. The Government of the United States must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire.

    March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. JohnWV

    Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

    March 21, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    As disturbing as it is that some people actually think like JohnWV, at least we can rest easy knowing he's not making the decisions.

    March 21, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Yes,because Israel does nothing wrong? Its ok to kick out familys that have lived there for over thousands of years to build illegal settlements.

      March 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ BOMBO the truth usually is disturbing thats why most people avoid it!

    March 21, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And @ JohnWV, i think you were quite accurate in your post!

    March 21, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Fortunately for us more and more Americans are waking up to the bitter truth, thanks.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    I also take my hat off to American Jewish orgs I work with like JVP & JStreet who are courageously & untiringly working to bring the truth home.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Bravo also to the American Jewish orgs like JVP & JStreet I work with for their brave & untiring efforts to bring the truth home.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    "Treatment of Palestinians is unfair" "US will always back Israel" Pr.Obama
    Mr.President, very respectfully , pl show the world for once that US does stand for fairness, justice for all and truth. But do we??

    March 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    "Palestinians deserve their own state' 'Israel should recognize that expansion of settlements (illegal) are counter productive" Pr.Obama.
    But sorry we can do nothing about it, world. The fear of netanyahu,Likud and the hereafter has us tied up.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Let us get on with invading Syria & Iran.We have got the orders from Tel Aviv.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Sad isnt it @ saywhat. Once again the US will be the pupets that Israel has always known.

    March 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    It breaks my heart and should embarrass every thinking American @chrissy.

    March 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    I hear ya on that @ saywhat. I truly believed Obama would be stronger than hes appearing at the moment.

    March 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The Palestine/Israel situation is much more complex that the respective rights of Palestinians and citizens of Israel.
    The conflict must be considered from the POV of the USA's interests in establishing Israel during the last century. Israel serves the same purpose now that it did when it was put there.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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