Welcome, But Possibly Sugar-Coated

by
Abby Zimet

Entirely understandably, the reaction in Gaza to President Obama's Cairo speech was cautious and silent, even when Obama acknowledged the "intolerable" situation facing Palestinians. Noting that "many presidents have given good speeches," beleaguered residents said they need more than words.

"Any
American gesture in the right direction is welcome...but actions speak
louder than words," said Asad Abu Shark, a linguistics professor. "We don't want to live in hope until we die in
despair."

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