Obama commits to 2 state solution in I/P conflict
President Obama visited the State Dept today, shortly after Secy Clinton had arrived to address the State Dept diplomats, to announce the new Mideast and Afghanistan/Pakistan envoys. I must say it's refreshing to hear adults in charge of the government speaking again. (And given the circumstances, Pres Obama skipped the preacher cadence during his talk entirely. Can we hope that inflection is gone for good from him?)
In reports on this announcement, I'm not seeing much emphasis on what I thought I heard as the most significant part of Obama's speech today at the State Dept.
Here's a link to a video of the 2nd half of the speech.
Listen carefully at 0:46 and beyond. He says:
Lasting peace requires more than a long ceasefire. That's why I will sustain an active commitment to seek two states living side by side in peace and security.
Correct me if I'm wrong but that's quite a change in our US policy, isn't it? I didn't think that the US had decided that endorsing a Palestinian state was the way to go. But those sentences sound very clear. Mitchell, the new mideast envoy, is to go to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, etc. and advocate for a separate Palestinian authority.
Am I reading too much into this or is the 'news media' missing the real headline again?