Remarks of President Barack Obama To the People of Israel | The White House

In 3 of his Middle East speeches, Barack Obama calls for fostering empathy. In this speech he says empathy is the first step toward peace and it’s up to the people to start fostering those empathic connections. (We’re doing that with Empathy Circles. 😉

“That’s where peace begins – not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people. Not just in some carefully designed process, but in the daily connections – that sense of empathy that takes place among those who live together in this land and in this sacred city of Jerusalem. 

And let me say this as a politician – I can promise you this, political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. ” full speach at