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Source: United States of America
14 May 2015

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015

Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after GCC Summit

Aspen Cabin
Camp David

5:53 P.M. EDT


Q Just really quickly, you mentioned the issue of a two-state solution with Israel. I was wondering if you would give your reaction to what the Pope is moving forward with in terms of recognizing the Palestinian state. Do you think that's a good idea? Do you think it’s a mistake? And do you think it might help or hinder the two-state solution that you mentioned earlier?


PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh. Well, rather than speak for others, I'll just reiterate what I've said previously. I continue to believe that 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.

And I know that a government has been formed that contains some folks who don't necessarily believe in that premise. But that continues to be my premise. And since we're up here at Camp David, I think it's important to remind ourselves of the degree to which a very hard peace deal that required incredible vision and courage and tough choices resulted in what’s now been a lasting peace between countries that used to be sworn enemies. And Israel is better off for it. I think the same would be true if we get a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

That prospect seems distant now. But I think it's always important for us to keep in mind what’s right and what’s possible.


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