President Obama Speaks in Jerusalem

Remarks of President Barack Obama To the People of Israel Photos by: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

Photo: US Embassy Israel

Remarks of President Barack Obama To the People of Israel

Jerusalem International Convention Center

Jerusalem March 21, 2013


For the Jewish people, the journey to the promise of the State of Israel wound through countless generations. It involved centuries of suffering and exile, prejudice and pogroms and even genocide. Through it all, the Jewish people sustained their unique identity and traditions, as well as a longing to return home. And while Jews achieved extraordinary success in many parts of the world, the dream of true freedom finally found its full expression in the Zionist idea — to be a free people in your homeland. That’s why I believe that Israel is rooted not just in history and tradition, but also in a simple and profound idea — the idea that people deserve to be free in a land of their own. (Applause.)

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