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On Israeli Independence Day, Obama Promises to Continue Push for Peace

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President Barack Obama. Photo: White House.

JNS.orgMarking Israeli Independence Day, U.S. President Barack Obama promised to continue to work with the Jewish state to achieve peace, despite the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.

“I send my warmest wishes to the Israeli people as they celebrate their independence,” Obama said in a statement. “Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true.”

Pointing out that the U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, Obama reiterated his support for a negotiated two-state solution.

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“We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, one that ensures that the Israelis will live alongside their neighbors in peace and with security,” he said.

After nearly nine months of negotiations, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fell apart last month. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted that the U.S. might take a “pause” from the peace process and allow time reassess its role.

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