President Obama Talks Peace in the Holy Land

The president spoke to 600 Israeli college students about the possibility of peace.
2:39 | 03/21/13

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to israel, where today, in the holy land, jerusalem, president obama took a page from his campaign playbook. He urged young adults there to be the change and believe peace is possible. Abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. Reporter: Even as president obama came to the holy land to talk peace, rockets today fired from the gaza strip hit a town in southern israel. With rockets flying and peace talks going nowhere, the president bypassed mideast leaders and instead talked directly to the next generation.600 israeli college students. Part of the reason I like talking to young people is because, no matter how great the challenges are, their energy, their ambition, always gives me HOPE. Reporter: He told the young israelis to put themselves in the shoes of young palestinians. Look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. Reporter: For now, israel has lessened the blows of deadly terrorist attacks in part by building a massive wall that separates the palestinian territories from the rest of the holy land. But it is also angered palestinians by dividing their communities. The wall is imposing and it cuts right through the heart of be bethleh bethlehem. We're just about a mile from the church of the nativity. On the other side of the wall? Jerusalem. But the president said security measures alone are not enough. No wall is high enough and no iron dome is strong enough or perfect enough to stop every enemy that is intent on doing so from inflicting harm. Reporter: He said there is only one way to achieve real security. The only wail for israel to endure and thrive as a jewish and democratic state I through the realization of an independent and viable palestine. That is true. All right, well, jon, so interesting to hear the president with another group of young people, so reminiscent of his own campaigning here in the states. Basically saying, give peace a chance. Reporter: Yeah, absolutely. In fact, echoing that campaign slogan, yes, we can. Except here, it was "peace is possible." This may actually be the toughest audience to convince. Recent polls show that the younger people in israel are actually more conservative than their parents. So, the white house is considering this trip a big success? Reporter: Given the low expectations, they view this as exceeding expectations, because they reaffirmed the strong relationship with israel and challenged the israelis to move forward with peace talks. Already, jonathan karl on the trip to the middle east with the president. Thank you. Reporter: Thank you.

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