On the 14th day that the White House has been closed to the public, current tenant, Barack Obama, is visiting with government leaders in Israel. Yesterday, President Obama made a speech insisting that an independent state must be established for Palestinians. The president also said that Palestinians must recognize the state of Israel’s right to exist. Both sides agreed saying that neither negotiations nor violence will resolve the issue.
During the president’s visit, Palestinians fired rockets into Israel from Gaza proclaiming that the U.S.A. was against a Palestinian state proven by voting against the U.N. resolution in November that recognized the Palestinians with limited state status. Some Israelis also protested Obama’s first visit angered over his previous declaration in May of 2011 when he said Israel should retreat back within the 1967 borders. President Obama spoke directly to Israeli students saying that peace must be established through their actions and referred to his visit to Cairo four years ago speaking to students there. Since that visit, Egypt’s government has changed hands to be held by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who have threatened to break the peace treaty that has existed between Egypt and Israel that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiated in 1979.