US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.
Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a two-state solution to the conflict – long sought by the United States – given Netanyahu’s pre-election comments that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch.
Obama said he would evaluate how best to manage Israeli-Palestinian relations over the rest of his term as a result.
“The issue is not a matter of relations between leaders,” Obama told reporters at a news conference, noting that he has a “very businesslike relationship” with Netanyahu.
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