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By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
New York (CNN) – New York (CNN) – I listened closely to President Obama's United Nations General Assembly speech. He certainly touched on most of the major international issues, although often he offered diplomatic nuances on sensitive subjects.
On Iran's nuclear program: "The Iranian government cannot demonstrate that its program is peaceful, has not met its obligations, and rejected offers that would provide it with peaceful nuclear power."
On the brutal Syrian crackdown on peaceful demonstrators: "Now is the time for the United Nations Security Council to sanction the Syrian regime and to stand with the Syrian people."
The single biggest section of his half-hour address was on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I am convinced that there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace is hard work. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.; if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."
Where the president was blunt was when he underlined his strong support for Israel's security. He said it was "unshakeable," adding: "Our friendship with Israel is deep and enduring."
On this day, he did not repeat his controversial statement of May 19 when he said, “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
This time he simply said this: "Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security, on refugees and Jerusalem."
Sometimes a president prefers more nuanced statements rather than blunt warnings and tough talk. This is one of those times.
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