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Obama stands firm in AIPAC speech

By David Ferguson
Sunday, May 22, 2011 11:38 EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday refused to back away from his new Middle East peacemaking proposals that have angered Israel, as he addressed the Jewish state’s staunchest American supporters amid a deep rift in U.S.-Israeli ties.

But Obama, speaking to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, sought to reassure Israel’s backers of his commitment to the Israel three days after he endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on the borders of their future state, drawing a rebuke from Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Caren Bohan; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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