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President Obama: Visionary in Cairo, Provincial in Jerusalem

It's hard to believe it is the same Barack Obama who delivered a compelling speech in Cairo in June 2009 and last week's speech in Jerusalem at the funeral service of Shimon Peres. The two speeches were the products of completely different mind-sets. The Cairo speech was characterized by a depth of knowledge of the Middle East, its history and the preoccupations and aspirations of its people, while the Jerusalem speech was a rehash of distorted bits of history that even Zionist propagandists have increasingly shunned in recent years.
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