'Israeli and Palestinian leaders know they need a deal'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 11, 2010 00:52

 
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said on Friday that he is encouraging peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians because the alternative is a status quo that puts both parties, and the United States, at risk.

Obama told a White House news conference that he knows the talks begun this month will be difficult, but he said the Israeli and Palestinian leaders know they need a deal, and that they need one another.

Obama said the United States will stay engaged in the negotiations, including a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week.

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