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Various reaction to Obama speech

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 01:53

May 20 - Arab countries and those in the Middle East react to U.S. President Barak Obama's speech on the Arab spring. Julie Noce reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL U.S. President Barack Obama'shigh anticipated speech on the Arab spring uprising received mixed reviews from the people he was talking about directly. Despite praising the revolution in Egypt as the sort that the U.S. would support in the future, people in Cairo were unimpressed and said there needs to be more pressure on Israel to establish a Palestinian State. Actually, Obama did stress the need for a Palestinian state. In what amounts to an historic shift in American policy, Obama said Israeli borders set in 1967 should be the basis for a Palestinian state. The statement did little for Palestinians in Gaza. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZA CITY RESIDENT HIKMAT ABU ZAKARIA, SAYING: "We were expecting a lot more from Obama's speech today regarding the Palestinians who suffer from the hardships of the occupation, and what the Israeli occupation does against the Palestinians. But Obama did not bring anything new." For Israelis, the speech was of course poorly received. President Netanyahu, who's due to meet with Obama in Washington on Friday, said the plan to scale back Israeli settlements would leave them indefensible. Perhaps some of the only people who did support Obama's statments were Libyans in the now rebel controlled city of Benghazi. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BENGHAZI RESIDENT, USAMA LEHDOORI, SAYING: "The speech came as a support for the people. President Obama's speech came as support of the Arab peoples in order to open a new page of democracy and (good) treatment." For now, Obama will have to take solace in the words of one of his heroes, Abraham Lincoln, who said, you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. Julie Noce, Reuters

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Various reaction to Obama speech

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 01:53