This certainly is a different tone than we are used to coming from the executive branch of the US government. While critiques of this system, and Obama's administration are fully warranted, yesterday, I felt some bright spots in this Middle-East centered speech. While I will never believe the rest of the world should follow the US model, ever, because if it did the world would basically be consumed, polluted and disintegrate rapidly, I did like to hear references to the three holy books, talks of unity, and talks of peace.
Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so profound and deeply rooted, I like the fact that Obama took a step away from full-on Israeli support, when he spoke about a 2 state solution. He should have said something about the oppressive Egyptian regime, and he should not just denounce violence to Israel, but violence from Israel as well, but none the less, in the current state of worldly affairs, this speech showed at least some hope-HOPE, no matter how brutal things get, is something we all have to hold onto, because without it, where would be?
In any case, the 2 state solution is a step, calling on Israel to cease continued West Bank settlement was a strong statement, but as many residents of the areas said, there's been a lot of talk about Peace over the years; what will it take on the ground to make peace a reality? All in all, a good step, but there's still many mountains to climb...
Listen to the speech here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/NewBeginning/
What do you think?