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Israel praises Obama speech, but says its security paramount

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Agencies

June 4, 2009 | 1:29 pm

The government praised U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to Muslims on Thursday by saying it shared his hopes for Middle East peace but also said Israel’s security interests remained paramount.

“We share President Obama’s hope that the American effort heralds the opening of a new era that will bring an end to the conflict and to general Arab recognition of Israel as the nation of the Jewish people that lives in security and peace in the Middle East,” an official statement said after Obama’s address in Cairo.  Read the full text at HAARETZ.COM.

To read the full text of Obama’s speech, click here.

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