Obama sees 'difficult path' on Israel-Palestinian conflict - Arabic newspaper

Obama sees 'difficult path' on Israel-Palestinian conflict - Arabic newspaper
A Palestinian protester scuffles with Israeli sodiers as he holds a placard referring to the "Nakba", which means in Arabic "catastrophe" in reference to the birth of the state of Israel 67-years-ago in British-mandate Palestine, during a weekly demonstration against the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Maasarah on May 8, 2015.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he has not given up hope for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict but said tensions in the region and "serious questions about overall commitment" have made progress difficult.

"It's no secret that we now have a very difficult path forward. As a result, the United States is taking a hard look at our approach to the conflict," Obama said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper based in London.

"We look to the new Israeli government and the Palestinians to demonstrate - through policies and actions - a genuine commitment to a two-state solution," Obama said.

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