Obama: US can't force Mideast peace deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 14, 2010 01:39

 
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said no matter how hard he tries, Israel and the Palestinians may give up on a US-brokered peace deal.

Giving a surprisingly downbeat assessment Tuesday, Obama says peace remains a vital goal. But he says that US pressure can't succeed if the Israelis and Palestinians themselves conclude they don't want an agreement.

The United States is pushing for new Israeli-Palestinian talks in which the US would be a go-between. Previous talks broke off more than a year ago, and the Obama administration has been unable to reach even the modest goal of new ones.

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