| GEO World|
| US bond with Israel unbreakable: Obama|
| Updated at: 1657 PST, Thursday, June 04, 2009|
CAIRO: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the US bond with Israel is "unbreakable," in a much-anticipated speech aimed at healing America's rift with the Islamic world.
"America's strong bonds with Israel are well known," Obama told the world's Muslims in a speech from Cairo University. "This bond is unbreakable."
"It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied," said Obama, who is to head to Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp after Egypt.
He said that denying the Holocaust is "baseless, ignorant, and hateful."