Obama to UN: Time for Mideast Peace Is Now

Ignore the cynics, Obama urges
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2010 9:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Barack Obama gave his second speech to the UN General Assembly today, and spent most of his time calling for support for the US’ latest stab at peace in the Middle East. “Peace must be made by Israelis and Palestinians, but each of us has a responsibility to do our part as well,” Obama said, according to Politico. “Now I recognize many are pessimistic about this process,” he allowed. “But consider the alternative.”

“We can come back here next year, as we have for the last 60 years and make long speeches about it,” Obama concluded, “Or we can say that this time will be different. That this time we will not let terror or turbulence or petty politics to stand in the way.” He then spent the rest of his time calling for increased human rights, particularly for women. “The world America seeks is not one we can build on our own,” he said. “We need your voices to speak out.”

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