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President Obama on Thursday in Ramallah, West Bank drew a comparison between the Middle East peace process and the United States’ struggle for equal rights.

“That’s why we can’t give up,” Obama said at a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Because of young Palestinians and young Israelis who deserve a better future than one that is continually defined by conflict. Whenever I meet these young people, whether they are Palestinian or Israeli, I’m reminded of my own daughters, and I know what hopes and aspirations I have for them. Those of us in the United States understand that change takes time, but it is also possible. Because there was a time when my daughters could not expect to have the same opportunities in their own country as somebody else’s daughters. What’s true in the United States can be true here as well.”

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