President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Mideast Envoy, George Mitchell and the Obama administration began an important step in advancing efforts for a Middle East peace that will have positive effects worldwide.
On September 1, 2010 President Obama met privately with Prime Minister of Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Move Forward No Matter What
President Obama and his foreign policy team continue to make progress on diplomatic fronts. It is fitting that just a few days after the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, President Obama is hosting representatives from Israel and Palestine to come together and dialogue about how to create a lasting peace in the Middle East.
President Obama on Bilateral Mideast Peace Talks
President Obama said in his news conference on September 1, 2010 accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Mideast Envoy, George Mitchell:
So only Israelis and Palestinians can make the difficult choices and build consensus at home for progress. So only Israelis and Palestinians can prove to each other their readiness to end this conflict and make the compromises upon which lasting peace deserves. What the rest of us can do, including the U.S., is to support those conversations, support those talks, support those efforts – not try to undermine them.
And despite what the cynics say, history teaches us that there is a different path. It is the path of resolve and determination, where compromise is possible, and old conflicts, at long last, can end. It is the path traveled by those who brought peace to their countries, from Northern Ireland – where Senator Mitchell was so deeply involved – to the Balkans, to Africa, Asia, to those who forged peace between Israel and Egypt and Israel and Jordan. This path is open to Israelis and Palestinians. If all sides persevere, in good faith and with a sense of purpose and possibility, we can build a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Brings Israeli and Palestinian Representatives Together at State Department
The historic talks have begun as of September 1, 2010. These are the first such high level direct talks for Israel and the Palestinian Authority in two years.
During his 2008 Presidential Campaign, President Obama pledged that bringing a lasting peace to the Middle East would be a high priority of his administration. Together with Secretary Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy, George Mitchell, President Obama is making good on his promise. He is helping to create an environment for the parties to dialogue and come up with workable and lasting solutions in the Mideast.