President Barack Obama of the United States tied peace between Israel and its neighbors to prosperity. Noting the modern Jewish state's technical achievements and position at the forefront of the international economy, he also said that the U.S.'s first free trade agreement was with Israel and that the $40 billion in trade between the two countries should be duplicated with others. He said it would be enhanced with greater security and peace.
Pledging the "unshakeable support" of the U.S. during a Thursday-afternoon speech to students at Jerusalem's Binyanei Ha'uma International Convention Center, he called on his audience to push its leaders, saying it was their generation's turn to act as the founding generation reached its twilight. Calling for application of the Jewish idea of correcting the world (Tikun Olam in Hebrew), he closed his address by saying "G-d bless Israel. G-d bless the United States of America. Todah rabbah (Hebrew for Thanks a lot)."