US-backed Middle East peace talks may have stalled shortly after resuming last September. But, as popular unrest sweeps the Arab world, Barack Obama says it is “more vital than ever” that Israelis and Palestinians break the impasse.
The US President was speaking at the White House after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah in a week of intense Middle East diplomacy.
“We both share the view that despite the many changes, or perhaps because of the many changes that are taking place in the region, it is more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table and begin negotiating a process whereby they can create two states that are living side-by-side in peace and security,” Obama said.
Deadly clashes on Israel’s borders on Sunday underscored the depth of Arab frustration over the decades-old conflict, which remains a central preoccupation in the region.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants UN member states meeting at its General Assembly in September to vote for an independent Palestine.
Obama: Middle East peace bid 'more vital than ever'