Obama urges Israel to end occupation of Palestine


WASHINGTON: Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel … (and if) Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land,” Obama said in his final address as president before the annual UN General Assembly.
Obama used his final UN address to hit out at the “crude populism” mushrooming in the United States and around the world.
Making the case for the success of liberal democracies, Obama admitted that a “course correction” was necessary while rejecting “crude populism.”
“As these real problems have been neglected, alternative visions of the world have pressed forward,” he said.
He accused Vladimir Putin’s Russia of trying to recover power through force, amid Moscow’s military involvement in Syria and Ukraine.
“In a world that left the age of empire behind, we see Russia attempting to recover lost glory through force,” Obama said.
Obama said, “The integration of our global economy has made life better for billions of men, women and children”
He said, “We must recognize that the same forces of globalization that have pulled us together have also exposed deep fault lines”.
US president said that a world in which one percent of humanity controls as much wealth as the other 99 percent will never be stable.
“Last year, poverty in this country fell at the fastest rate in nearly 50 years”, he said.
He said, “The Paris agreement gives us a framework to act, but only if we scale up our ambition.”
Obama said, “We must reject the fundamentalism…instead we need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings.”
He said that religious traditions can be honored and upheld while teaching young people science and math, rather than intolerance.


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