US President Barack Obama said he will not give up on peace between Israelis and Palestinians "no matter how hard it is," at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah Thursday, where he was hosted by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Obama insisted on his commitment to realizing a vision of two states, which he said is in the best interest of Palestinians, Israelis, the US, and the entire world. He described a future with a "Palestinian state in the homeland of the Palestinian people alongside the Jewish state of Israel."

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He described recent protests that have erupted in the West Bank in anticipation of his visit as an "understanding of the moral force of non-violence." He added that the Palestinian people have the "talent, drive, and courage to succeed in own there own state."


"I am confident we can arrive at a destination to advance a vision of two nations, neighbors, having peace, Israelis and Palestinians," he said.