– U.S. president, Barack Obama on Monday called on the international community to help in the Middle East peace process and expressed optimism in regard to the creation of a future Palestinian state.
The U.S. President’s Office released part of the speech Obama made at the opening today of the UN General Assembly (UN) in New York, said the news agency Ansa.
Hosted by the U.S. Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) relaunched direct negotiations last month after stagnating for more than a year due to the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip which killed 1,400 Palestinians.
“Israelis and Palestinians are those that have to agree, but we are all obliged to play our part,” the head of state of the Union in the brief statement.
He called for the “friends of Israel” to” understand that true security for the Jewish state requires an independent Palestine, one that allows the Palestinian people to live with dignity and opportunity.” At the same time, Obama insists that “friends of Palestine” seek “genuine reconciliation with a secure Israel.”
“And the friends of Palestine must understand that the rights of the Palestinian people can only be won through peaceful means, and that includes a real reconciliation with a secure Israel,”, said Obama.