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“Commitment to Israel's security and well being has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Middle East since Israel's founding in 1948, in which the United States played a key supporting role. Israel and the United States are bound closely by historic and cultural ties as well as by mutual interests.”

- U.S. Department of State Website, accessed 2/17/10


President Obama's Cairo Speech June 4th, 2009

“America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.”

“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

“The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.”

“Palestinians must abandon violence... Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel's right to exist.”

“The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.”

“...the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank.”

- U.S. President Barack Obama, The President's Speech in Cairo: A New Beginning,
accessed 2/18/10


U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell

“...peace and stability in the Middle East are in our national interest. They are, of course, also in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians, of others in the region, and people throughout the world.”

- Appointment of Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, accessed 2/18/10


“America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.”

- Briefing by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, accessed 2/18/10


“The United States also disagrees with some Israeli actions in Jerusalem affecting Palestinians in areas such as housing, including the continuing pattern of evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes.”

- Briefing by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, accessed 2/18/10


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“In his role as Quartet Representative Tony Blair will continue, with full support by and coordination with Senator Mitchell, to mobilize the efforts of the international community: (1) to build support for the institutional capacity and governance of a future Palestinian State, including on the rule of law; (2) to improve freedom of movement and access for Palestinians; (3) to encourage further private sector investment; and (4) to bring change in the living conditions of the people in Gaza.”

- Statement by Secretary Clinton on Developments in the Middle East, accessed 2/18/10


U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ian Kelly

“The United States would expect any Palestinian Government and all of its members to accept and comply with the Quartet principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations entered into by the PLO and the PA.”

- accessed 2/18/10


U.S. Department of State Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher

“We’ll also address efforts to implement the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East, which called for a regional zone free of all weapons of mass destruction. Let me underscore that the United States fully supports this Resolution. We we were one of the original three co-sponsors of the Resolution.

But the best chance we have to achieve a WMD free zone in the Middle East is to reach an agreement on a lasting and just peace in the Middle East..”

- accessed 5/8/10


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