Obama says two-state deal unlikely after Israeli leader's comments

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2015 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that it was difficult to envision how a Palestinian state could be formed following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's negative comments during his recent re-election campaign.

Netanyahu has sought to walk back comments made before the election campaign that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch. Obama told a news conference that even after that "corrective," the prospects of a two-state deal appeared dim.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Sandra Maler)