Letters to the Editor
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RE: Obama Urges Young Israelis to Lead the Push for Peace – March 21, 2013
As an American currently living in Gaza, I had a front row seat last week to see how Palestinians in this besieged enclave responded to President Obama’s visit. Many said they didn’t care about the visit because they know he isn’t going to change anything. There is a profound sense of pessimism among many Palestinians I talk with in Gaza.
At the same time, I saw others glued to the TV coverage of the visit, perhaps not expecting any hope or change but intensely curious about what Obama might say.
His words, as indeed his actions, confirmed that U.S. foreign policy is an obstacle to building a peaceful future for all people in this region. Obama and many members of Congress are so entrenched in the Zionist narrative that they fail to comprehend and acknowledge the legitimate narrative of the Palestinians. Both sides deserve a better friend.