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Obama in final UN speech: "Palestinians should reject incitement, Israel should end the occupation"In his last speech as the leader of America, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling on Palestinians to recognize Israel and reject incitement and on Israelis to stop settling and occupying Palestinian land.
United States President Barack Obama delivered his final speech at the UN this evening (Tuesday) during this year’s annual General Assembly. In his last appearance, the American president reviewed all the positive changes that have taken place around the world during his tenure. In addition to detailing his achievements and discussing global problems, Obama also addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called on Israel to end the occupation.
“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel,” Obama stated. “But Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”
Later on in the speech, Obama also addressed other conflicts and problems in the Middle East. “I do not believe progress is possible if our desire to preserve our identities gives way to an impulse to dehumanize or dominate another group,” he stated. “We see this mindset in too many parts of the Middle East. The mindset of sectarianism and extremism and bloodletting and retribution that has been taking place will not be quickly reversed. I do believe we have to be honest about the nature of these conflicts and our international community must continue to work with those who seek to build rather than to destroy.”
In addition, Obama highlighted the diplomatic processes his administration led, including the democratization of Cuba and Myanmar as well as the signing of the nuclear deal with Iran. “This is important work,” Obama said. “It has made a real difference in the lives of our people and it could not have happened if we didn’t work together.”
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