Between ’09 and ’10, Obama dropped demand for an ‘end to occupation’

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President Obama’s Sept. 23, 2009 speech to the UN General Assembly:

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues:  security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem.  And the goal is clear:  Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.

His Sept. 23, 2010, speech to the same body:

Last year, I pledged my best efforts to support the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, as part of a comprehensive peace between Israel and all of its neighbors.

The 2010 speech does not mention “occupation” or “refugees” or “1967.” All its references to Jerusalem are elliptical.

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