President Obama’s vision for reforms across the Middle East and North Africa. If you listen carefully, you hear him speak to his own fellow country (wo)men about change, not just for others, but themselves. Even tough the speech is somewhat cautious to not embarrass friends and allies, it also contains also a challenge to Israel to give up occupation.
“But the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and strategies of diversion will not work anymore. Satellite television and the Internet provide a window into the wider world -– a world of astonishing progress in places like India and Indonesia and Brazil. Cell phones and social networks allow young people to connect and organize like never before. And so a new generation has emerged. And their voices tell us that change cannot be denied.”
“That is the choice that must be made -– not simply in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but across the entire region -– a choice between hate and hope; between the shackles of the past and the promise of the future. It’s a choice that must be made by leaders and by the people, and it’s a choice that will define the future of a region that served as the cradle of civilization and a crucible of strife.”