Obama talks to Muslims first

You’ve probably heard by now that President Obama gave his first interview yesterday to Al-Arabiya, an Arabic-language news leader in the Middle East.

He made his goal pretty goal: “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”

On THE situation, Obama said:

Now, Israel is a strong ally of the United States. They will not stop being a strong ally of the United States. And I will continue to believe that Israel’s security is paramount. But I also believe that there are Israelis who recognize that it is important to achieve peace. They will be willing to make sacrifices if the time is appropriate and if there is serious partnership on the other side.

And so what we want to do is to listen, set aside some of the preconceptions that have existed and have built up over the last several years. And I think if we do that, then there’s a possibility at least of achieving some breakthroughs.

You can read the transcript on the Al-Arabiya website.

Or you can watch it here:

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