WASHINGTON - The tense situation in the Middle East is "unsustainable" and a better approach is needed in Gaza said US President Barack Obama on Wednesday after meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Obama also predicted "real progress" in coming months in U.S. efforts to nudge the Israelis and Palestinians toward direct peace talks, if both sides commit. Obama said both sides want a peaceful solution.
"Both sides have to create an environment, a climate that will be conducive to an actual breakthrough," the US president said.
Obama reiterated that that means the Israelis must curb settlement construction in disputed territories and that the Palestinians must make progress toward on security, among other issues.