In Middle East speech, Obama will talk Israeli-Palestinian peace process, "moment for opportunity"

President Barack Obama speaks at the Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay

President Barack Obama.
AP Photo/Eric Gay

White House Spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama will use tomorrow's speech to discuss policy ideas for "a real moment for opportunity for America" in the Middle East. He will also discuss an opportunity for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to move forward.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as Mr. Obama flew to Connecticut for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement on Wednesday, Carney said that while the focus in the Middle East had recently been on Iraq and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the president recognized a new opportunity in the region to emphasize "advancing values and enhancing security."

Mr. Obama is also expected to remind his audience that the fight against al Qaeda continues.

The president will deliver the speech tomorrow at 11:40 a.m. ET at the State Department.

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