March 27th, 2013
08:39 PM ET

Obama appeals to Israel's conscience

By Fareed Zakaria

In a sense, both hard-line supporters of Israel and advocates of peace have clung to the notion of the Jewish state as deeply vulnerable. For Likudniks, this demonstrated that Israel was at risk and needed constant support. For peaceniks, it proved that peace was a vital necessity.

But Israel’s strength and security are changing the country’s outlook. Don’t look only at the tough talk coming from the new right. As columnist and author Ari Shavit notes, the country has turned its attention from survival to social, political and economic justice. (January’s election results confirmed this trend.) And while these seem, at first, domestic affairs, they will ultimately lead to a concern for justice in a broader sense and for the rights of Palestinians.

Read the full column at the Washington Post

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. sand

    soon the cancer cell israel will get removed soon the tumor israel will get annihilated.

    March 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  2. matslats

    Why all this obsessing about Israel?
    Didn't you notice yet? Nothing Obama says either reflects reality or impacts on anything.
    The man is merely occupying the role of president.

    March 28, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed the speech at Jerusalem's convention centre was to appeal to the Israelis' psyhe. He claimed only an independent and viable Palestinian state would enable Israel to endure and thrive as a democracy. When he urged the Israelis to look at the world through the eyes of the Palestinians, he implicitly meant, one should not undo others what one does not want others undo onself.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
  4. deniz boro

    I am primarily happy for the people living in Israel. It is hard to live a satisfactory life when one is constantly opressed by war-footing be it bombs or speaches made by any party.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
  5. Antony

    the american should be firm with israel,no more easy talk when it funds Israeli's "wars" against anti-JEWS

    June 11, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply

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