Obama: ‘Moment is Ripe’ for Peace in the Middle East

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WASHINGTON — President Obama says “the moment is ripe” for Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a lasting peace, but added that all parties in the region must play a role in the process.

In an interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television, Obama said both sides would have to decide for themselves what is best for them. But the new president said late Monday Israelis and Palestinians must realize the current situation will not result in “prosperity and security” for their people.

“My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives,” Obama told Al Arabiya. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”

In the interview, conducted in the White House map room, President Obama also expressed his commitment to tackling the Middle East peace process immediately.

“Sending George Mitchell to the Middle East is fulfilling my campaign promise that we’re not going to wait until the end of my administration to deal with Palestinian and Israeli peace, we’re going to start now,” he said. “It may take a long time to do, but we’re going to do it now.”

Al Arabiya is a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel based out of Dubai.

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