When asked about his plans for Middle East peace between Palestinians and Isralis, President Obama explained his belief in the diplomatic process.
“I think a confluence of both good diplomatic work but also timing. Serendipity. Things falling into place at the right time. The right players feeling that this is the moment to seize it,” Obama said haltingly, explaining that his goal was to make the United States a “positive force” for peace talk opportunities.
“Not only because of some Pollyanish views of ‘can we all get along and hold hands and sing Kumbaya,’” Obama insisted, “but because I actually believe that Israel’s security will be enhanced with a resolution to this issue.”
Obama said he would keep making the argument for peace, although he admitted that it would be difficult.
Part of the problem, Obama asserted, was that the press in the United States frequently “filtered” or “edited” videos of his comments.
“Hopefully you’ll show the live film,” he continued. “Instead of the edited version.”