The United States still believes Israel’s long-term security is best served by reaching an agreement to live alongside a recognized Palestinian state, President Barack Obama said Thursday, according to AFP.
Obama was speaking shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu formed a new coalition, which the world sees as likely to further strain ties with the Palestinians.
“I continue to believe a two-state solution is absolutely vital for not only peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but for the long-term security of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state,” Obama told a press conference at Camp David, where he is meeting Gulf leaders for talks on the impending Iranian deal.
“I know that a government has been formed that contains some folks who don’t necessarily believe in that premise, but that continues to be my premise,” he added.
Noting that he was speaking at Camp David, Obama referred back to a 1978 deal negotiated at the same presidential retreat that brought peace between Israel and Egypt.