President Barack Obama’s speech called for better relations between America and the Muslim world and glorified the peaceful aspects of Islam. Obama said Israel must stop settlement building, spoke about his experience with Islam as a child in Indonesia, and promised that America had no claim on Iraqi or Afghani sovereignty. He also criticized Palestinian militants who target innocents, and called for an end to extremism. The speech was met with great applause. But outside the room reactions were more mixed. The speech was generally met with approval in the Muslim world, but not with all Muslim leaders. A Hamas spokesmen criticized Obama’s lack of specific calls to action and an Iranian cleric said it was little more than compensation for the actions of President Bush.
Obama’s Cairo address gets mixed reaction from Muslim leaders