Obama - AP - July 22, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama, July 22, 2011. Photo by AP
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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday extended a Rosh Hashannah greeting to Jews in the United States and the rest of the world in a recorded YouTube message.

This year's video, as opposed to previous years, had a much more low-key message which resembled his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, in which he said reaching peace is "hard work."

"My Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace throughout the world – and that includes reaffirming our commitment to the State of Israel," Obama said. "As Jewish tradition teaches us, we may not complete the work, but that must never keep us from trying."

Obama also continued to stress the U.S. commitment to Israel.

"While we cannot know all that the New Year will bring, we do know this: the United States will continue to stand with Israel, because the bond between our two nations is unshakable," he said.

In his Rosh Hashanah message in 2010, Obama urged Israelis and Palestinians to seize the opportunity for peace.

"At a time when Israelis and Palestinians have returned to direct dialogue, it is up to us to encourage and support those who are willing to move beyond their differences and work towards security and peace in the Holy Land," Obama said.