In a speech at the State Department today, Pres. Obama addressed the shifting political landscape in the Middle East as a “historic opportunity in Mid East and North Africa.” He outlined the U.S. role in the region and said the borders of Israeli and Palestinian states should be based on 1967 borders.
The President’ also focused on political reforms in Arab countries. “Successful democratic transitions [in the Middle East depend upon an expansion of growth and broad-based prosperity,” Obama said.
“In the months ahead,” said Obama, “America must use all our influence to encourage reform in the region.”
He later called on Israel and Palestine to “cast off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace.” Adding, “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”
The President’s speech also focused on political reforms in Arab countries. “Successful democratic transitions [in the Middle East] depend upon an expansion of growth and broad-based prosperity,” Obama said. Elaborating he added that it’s important “to focus on trade, not just aid; and investment, not just assistance.”
Tomorrow, Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The conversation will likely surround Obama’s called for his announced border swap between Israel and Palestine.
And this weekend, Pres. Obama will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel lobby in the U.S.
A Review Of American Policy In A Hopeful And Uncertain Middle East
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 7:30 PM
AMVETS Post II, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City CA 90230
Civil uprisings in many Middle Eastern countries led by entrenched totalitarian governments have changed the face of international politics in the region. These changes have broad implications for American foreign policy and affect regional stability, homeland security, commercial interests, and the potential emergence of new and legitimate democracies.
How did it come to this?
Why is this happening now?
Where is this going?
What are the implications for the U.S.?
What, if anything, should we be doing about it?
Guest speakers include:
Author of “Running for All the Right Reasons:A Saudi-born Woman’s Pursuit of Democracy” Josh Lockman
Lecturer at USC Law School, Truman National Security Project Fellow
and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy
Mark A.R. Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs Suggested Donation $10Coffee & Dessert will be served
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Tuesday April 26th 2011
Historic AMVETS Post 2
10858 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA
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