The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release

May 14, 2015

Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after GCC Summit

Aspen Cabin
Camp David

5:53 P.M. EDT

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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?

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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.

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Document Type: Press Conference, Remarks
Country: United States of America
Subject: Peace process, Statehood-related
Publication Date: 14/05/2015