Obama Not Enthused by Some Members of Netanyahu's Cabinet

U.S. president says two-state solution vital for 'long-term security of Israel.'

Reuters

AP - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said that he isn't enthused by the position of some members of the new Israeli government concerning a two-state peace deal with the Palestinians.

Obama says the two-state solution is vital for ensuring the "long-term security of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state."

He says, however, that some in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly formed government don't believe in that premise.

Speaking from Camp David, Obama cited the presidential retreat's history as the site of Israel's 1979 peace accords with Egypt. He said that deal took "vision and courage" and left Israel better off.

Obama said an agreement with the Palestinians would do the same.

The basic guidelines of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition, as presented on Wednesday to the Knesset, bear no mention of the solution of "two states for two peoples," nor does it include any intention of establishing a Palestinian state. The document includes a general statement alone according to which, "the government will advance the diplomatic process and will strive for a peace agreement with the Palestinians and with all of our neighbors."