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During his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, President Obama said that it's important for both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate to learn to stand in their opponent's shoes. This, he says, will help both parties better understand where the opposition is coming from.
Real Clear Politics provides the president's comments verbatim:
"And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine
That is the truth. Each side has legitimate aspirations – and that is what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each other’s shoes. Each side can see the world through the other's eyes. That’s what we should be encouraging."
After he makes this statement, the camera shows what looks like the Palestinian representative shaking his head. It is, of course, possible that he is responding in opposition to the president's comments.
But if, indeed, the representative is actually shaking his head he may be doing so for a different reason (we can't definitively know). Either way, the timing is certainly intriguing. Watch it below (see potential head-shake at 1:52):
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