Netanyahu thanks Obama for opposing PA statehood bid

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 21, 2011 18:35

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu on Wednesday thanked US President Barack Obama for opposing the Palestinian bid for recognition of a state at the United Nations, saying the US president was wearing "a badge of honor" by insisting that negotiations are the only way to peace.

Netanyahu made the comments at a joint press conference with Obama prior to a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The press conference came on the heels of Obama's address to the UN General Assembly in which he stated that he supported the creation of a Palestinian state, but only through direct negotiations with Israel.

Obama said at the press conference that it was a pleasure to welcome Netanyahu to the US, opining that Washington's "pursuit of a just and lasting peace" is compatible with Israel's needs and "puts Israel's security at the forefront."

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