Obama appeals for Israel-Palestine peace
Jerusalem, Mar 21 : U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed to the young population of Isarel to choose peace with the Palestinians.
Even though he cast himself as an unyielding friend of the Jewish State, he said the Israeli settlement activity in West Bank hurts prospects for peace.
"The Palestinian people's right to self-determination and justice must also be recognised," he said.
Speaking in Jerusalem, Obama urged an audience of young Israelis to force their leaders to revive talks with the Palestinians which have been frozen for two-and-a-half years.
"Put yourself in their shoes - look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day," he said.
"Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see," Obama added.