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Obama says chances waning chances for two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
January 18, 2017 / 7:58 PM / 7 months ago

Obama says chances waning chances for two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was worried that the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were waning because of growing Israeli settlement of the West Bank.

Obama told a news conference that his administration did not block a recent U.N. resolution on Israeli settlement activity because it felt a two-state solution was the only option for peace.

"The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the ... growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible," Obama told the news conference, his last as president. "It was important for us to send a signal, a wakeup call that this moment may be passing." (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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