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'Nothing new' as Obama delivers Middle East speech

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'Nothing new' as Obama delivers Middle East speech


President Obama has outlined future US policy in the Middle East in his first major speech on the region since the Arab Spring saw popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Yet for both Palestinians and Israelis the divisions over a “viable Palestine and a secure Israel” remain.

For Palestinians in a Ramallah cafe it is the same old story:

“I think the Obama speech was disappointing for the Palestinians and their situation because there is nothing new.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Obama’s notion that a future Palestinian state must be based on 1967 borders.

Around 300,000 Israelis live in settlements constructed in the West Bank and as Obama spoke Israel gave permission for another 1,400 settlements to be built around Jerusalem.

Obama prepares to host the Israeli prime minister for talks in Washington, where Netanyahu will come under pressure to relax his stance on a Palestinian state since Fatah and Hamas signed unity deal earlier this month.

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