The White House is disappointed in the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during US President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration, said US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Thursday.
Speaking to Army Radio from the United States on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly debate, the ambassador spoke of Washington’s sentiments toward the shortcomings as Obama had “sought to help Israel achieve its goal – two states for two peoples.”
In his last speech to the UN plenum on Tuesday, the outgoing US president touched briefly on the Middle East conflict, saying Israel would be better off if it did not “permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.” The Palestinians, he said, would be better off if they were to “reject incitement.”
During Obama’s two terms as president, Shaprio told Army Radio that the US had hoped to see an advancement in resolving the conflict, and “so of course there is disappointment” in the impasse.
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