Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

AJC On Air: David Harris show

Summary: March 26, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary. The full text of this week's commentary follows: President Obama recently visited Israel. Here's an excerpt from the president's speech in Jerusalem, inspired by the Passover story: "For the Jewish people, the journey to the promise of the State of Israel wound through countless generations," the president said. "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... "[I]srael 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. "This is the story of Israel. "This is the work that has brought the dreams of so many generations to life. "And every step of the way, Israel has built unbreakable bonds of friendship with my country, the United States of America." Bravo, Mr. President! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @AJCGlobal. This is David Harris of AJC.