US President Barack Obama called on the new Israeli government to show “a genuine commitment to a two-state solution” and resolve what he called the humanitarian crisis in Gaza following last summer’s war. In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based Arabic newspaper, the president expressed his hope that a solution would be found to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but did admit that it was a “very difficult path forward.” “I will never give up on the hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and the United States will never stop working to realize that goal,” Obama stated. 

“As I said when I visited Ramallah two years ago, Palestinian deserve an end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it; they deserve to live in an independent, sovereign state, where they can give their children a life of dignity and opportunity.” Outlining his expectations for the new Israeli government, the president stated: “We look to the new Israeli government and the Palestinians to demonstrate – through policies and actions – a genuine commitment to a two-state solution.” “Only then can trust be rebuilt and a cycle of escalation avoided,” Obama added. FULL REPORT