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'Peace is possible,' Obama insists in Middle East

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President Barack Obama pauses during his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013. "The Palestinian people's right to self-determination and justice must ... be recognized," he said. "Put yourself in their shoes -- look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day."

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President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their joint news conference at the Muqata President Compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

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President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a state dinner in Jerusalem Thursday.

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Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory.
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    • President Barack Obama pauses during his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013. “The Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must ... be recognized,” he said. “Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day.”
    •  President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their joint news conference at the Muqata President Compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 21, 2013.
    •  President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a state dinner in Jerusalem Thursday.
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