Obama not enthused by stance on Palestinians among some members of Netanyahu's new government


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CAMP DAVID, Maryland — President Barack Obama isn't enthused by the support of some members of the new Israeli government for 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 Thursday 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.

He declined to comment on the Vatican's recent decision to recognize the state of Palestine. The U.S. hasn't made such a decision.

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