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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama won lavish praise Tuesday from his guest, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and spoke of an "extraordinary opportunity" for making peace in the Middle East.
Obama said he was encouraged by U.S. efforts to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Seated next to Mubarak, who was making his first visit to the U.S. capital in five years, Obama thanked the Egyptian for joining him in trying to construct a deal that has eluded world leaders for more than six decades.
Returning the compliment, Mubarak asserted that Obama's speech to the world
Originally posted by Oatmeal
Obama Sees Encouraging Mideast Peace Prospects
If he 'sees' mideast peace prospects then I wanna' know what he's smoking to cause such hallucinations. There is no way that there will ever be lasting peace in that part of the world. There hasn't been through all recorded history and it's not going to start now. It's not in the nature of the beast. That's just reality.
Israel and Egypt have ended 30 years of war with an historic peace treaty brokered by the United States. The ceremony on the White House lawn in Washington was broadcast live on television. The two leaders sealed the deal with a firm handshake, watched by a smiling President Jimmy Carter. Both President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, described the ceremony as an "historic turning point".