Obama says the US will “reassess” its options on Israel

President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a phone call Thursday that the US has been forced to reassess its policy regarding the Middle East peace process following the prime minister’s new positions and comments on a two-state solution. During the call, Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his election win Tuesday.  The two leaders “agreed to continue consultations on a range of regional issues, including “the difficult path forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Obama reaffirmed the US’s long-standing commitment to “a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine."

The White House said on Thursday that it was reconsidering US support for Israel at the UN because in the past its government had been committed to a two-state solution. The spokesman described the Israeli leaders’ tactics in the final campaign push as “cynical and divisive.”

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