Obama, while stating the vision of Palestinian statehood has been delayed for "too long," used his address to assure Israel that his administration empathizes with its concerns and will stand by the Jewish state.
"Let us be honest with ourselves. Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it," Obama said. While Palestinians must know the territorial basis for their state, he said, the Israelis have be assured of their security.
"Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them," Obama said.Let us be honest with ourselves. The issue that divides them is that Israel insists on its right to be, while the Palestinians, implacably, beg to differ. Until that changes, there is nothing whatsoever to discuss.
And since Obama was the one who put "honesty" on the table, let's be honest and say Israel's enemies are America's enemies, too.