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Eye to Eye Addendum

Over 40 Tornadoes Hit U.S. After
Obama Calls for Peace Deal in
AIPAC 2011 speech; Joplin, MO
Devastated by EF5 Tornado

In his AIPAC speech in 2011, President Obama called for Israel and the Palestinians to implement a two-state solution that was based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps.

That very same day, over 40 tornadoes were reported in the United States as a major tornado outbreak continued. An EF5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri caused catastrophic damage. The devastation from the outbreak was so severe, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started off his AIPAC speech the next night by offering his condolences to those affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.

Obama addresses AIPAC 2011, calls
for 1967 borders with land swaps

Obama at AIPAC on Sunday, May 22, 2011
Photo / AFP

In a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, May 22, 2011, President Obama said that the US "believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine... The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states..."

Obama also stated he was against a unilateral approach to creating a Palestinian state via the UN.

Over 40 tornado reports in central US on May 22, 2011;
Joplin, MO suffers severe damage from EF5 tornado

Lightning flashes inside of the Joplin, Missouri tornado on May 22, 2011
Photo / AP

The fourth major outbreak of the season continued on May 22 as the total number of tornado
reports was over 40. Major tornadoes occurred in Joplin, MO and Minneapolis.

The Joplin tornado was rated as an EF5, the highest rating assigned to storms based on the damage they cause. The tornado had winds of over 200 mph, peaking at 225 mph to 250 mph. At times, the tornado was estimated to be one mile across.

Obama Offers Deepest Condolences for Missouri
and the Midwest After Tornado Damage

President Obama talks on the phone with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon about
the deadly tornado that touched down in Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011.
White House Photo, Pete Souza

In the wake of yet more terrible storms, this time in the Midwest, the President called Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to personally extend his condolences and to tell all of the families of Joplin affected by the severe tornadoes that they are in his thoughts and prayers.

Plume released from Icelandic volcano forces
President Obama to shorten trip to Ireland

A dense ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano blew toward Scotland on Monday, May 23, 2011, causing airlines to cancel flights, forcing President Barack Obama to shorten a visit to Ireland, and raising fears of a repeat of last year's huge travel disruptions in Europe that stranded millions of passengers.

Netanyahu offers condolences for tornadoes
in speech at AIPAC 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his AIPAC speech on May 23, 2011, by offering condolences on the recent tornadoes and flooding in America.

Netanyahu stated, "My friends, before I talk about things about Israel, I want to say something about the scenes on television that I saw today and you have been seeing as well. When tragedy strikes America, Israel... Israel feels an immediate identification; and tragedy has struck America. In recent days, floods and tornadoes have claimed the lives of hundreds of Americans, including today in Joplin, Missouri. All I can say is, America, we're with you! On this day, on every day!"

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