The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015
Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after GCC Summit
5:53 P.M. EDT
Q Just really quickly, you mentioned the issue of a two-state solution with Israel. I was wondering if you would give your reaction to what the Pope is moving forward with in terms of recognizing the Palestinian state. Do you think that's a good idea? Do you think it’s a mistake? And do you think it might help or hinder the two-state solution that you mentioned earlier?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Oh. Well, rather than speak for others, I'll just reiterate what I've said previously. I continue to believe that a two-state solution is absolutely vital for not only peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but for the long-term security of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state.
And I know that a government has been formed that contains some folks who don't necessarily believe in that premise. But that continues to be my premise. And since we're up here at Camp David, I think it's important to remind ourselves of the degree to which a very hard peace deal that required incredible vision and courage and tough choices resulted in what’s now been a lasting peace between countries that used to be sworn enemies. And Israel is better off for it. I think the same would be true if we get a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
That prospect seems distant now. But I think it's always important for us to keep in mind what’s right and what’s possible.