In a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama said that the U.S. is committed to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.
A White House readout of the conversation, which took place after Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his re-election, said that the president “reaffirmed the United States’ long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine.”
President Obama’s message to Netanyahu comes after the Prime Minister said in the days leading up to the election that there would never be a two-state solution while he holds office.
“Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to the radical Islam against Israel,” he said. “This is the true reality that was created here in the last few years.” Following controversy surrounding his remarks, Netanyahu was forced to walk back the statement, telling NBC News that he supported a “sustainable two-state solution.”
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Obama and Netanyahu also spoke about the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Netanyahu, in a speech to Congress earlier this month, said that he opposed any deal that resulted in Iran keeping its nuclear structures in place. President Obama, however, has said his administration would be willing to allow Iran to retain some nuclear capability.
Obama reportedly told Netanyahu that the U.S. is “focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and verifiably assures the international community of the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program.”