Both Israelis and Palestinians need to take steps to end the current wave of violence in the region and address its underlying causes, Democratic presidential Martin O'Malley told an audience of Arab Americans on Friday, the Jewish Insider reported.
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"Both sides have to make the resumption of discussion, talk and dialogue to include a fair, safe and adequate access to sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere," O'Mally said during a speech to the Arab American Institute’s national leadership conference in Dearborn, Michigan.
O'Mally, a former governor of Maryland, is running a distant third to Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
“This senseless violence produces nothing but tragedy and more distrust, and it does not move the people and the parties closer to a peaceful and long-lasting resolution,” O’Malley said. “Both sides have to take steps to end this violence and address the underlying cause of it."
O'Mally stressed that he was "a strong supporter of the two-state solution, which would meet not only Israel’s critical security needs, not only affirm the dignity of the Palestinian people to live as a free people in an independent state of their own, but it is also in the best security interest of the United States of America in this world that all of us share.”
A spokesperson for the O’Malley campaign told the Jewish Insider that the candidate was not assigning percentages of blame or guilt. “He believes that the attacks on innocent Israelis and the incitement of those who perpetrated and carried out those attacks is outrageous and wrong,” said Press Secretary Haley Morris.