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APN Praises Obama for Extending Hand in Friendship to Muslim World

"We welcome President Obama's reaching out to the Arab and Muslim world and support his efforts to turn a new page of engagement, partnership and dialogue in the Middle East..."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 27, 2009
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Washington, D.C. - Americans for Peace Now (APN) today praised President Obama for his strong message of peace and friendship to the Muslim and Arab world, which he delivered through an interview with the Arab satellite TV channel, al-Arabiya.
 
"President Obama's decision to grant his first interview in office to an Arab news organization was an appropriate and constructive overture. We welcome President Obama's reaching out to the Arab and Muslim world and support his efforts to turn a new page of engagement, partnership and dialogue in the Middle East," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now, America's leading pro-Israel, pro-peace organization.
 
"Coupled with his conversations with Mideast leaders, his appointment of Senator George Mitchell as his Middle East Envoy and his public commitment to push for peace, this move bodes well for the future of our nation's diplomatic efforts in the region," DeLee added. 
 
"The President's message was precisely what people in the region - both Israelis and their neighbors - need to hear from Washington: Israel's security is paramount and its alliance with the U.S. will not be compromised. At the same time, the U.S. is ready to initiate a new partnership with moderates in the Muslim world, based on mutual respect and a mutual interest in regional peace, security and stability," DeLee said.
 
APN, a Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel's security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.