Obama greets new Israeli govt with push for Palestinian state

Shortly after Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government was confirmed Thursday night, President Barack Obama said Israel's long-term security would be best served by reaching an agreement to live alongside a recognized Palestinian state. "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 news conference at Camp David where he was hosting a Gulf leaders’ conference. "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 said. "That prospect seems distant now, but I think it's always important for us to keep in mind what's right and what's possible."

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