Obama: Two-state solution vital to Israel's security

Obama: Two-state solution vital to Israel's security
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CAMP DAVID - The United States still believes Israel's long-term security is best served by reaching an agreement to live alongside a recognised Palestinian state, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Obama was speaking shortly after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new right-wing ruling coalition seen as likely to further strain already damaged 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 Camp David press conference.

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