The US president, Barack Obama, said the denial by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes two states makes “hard to find a way” to serious negotiations to resolve the issue .
During an interview published on Saturday, the president said that “it takes the word” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that while in office ever exist an independent Palestinian state next to Israel, a further indication of the strained relations between the two allies.
Netanyahu has retracted his claims from which surprised the United States and the international community by announcing that dramatic change of policy on the eve of his re-election on Tuesday.
However, in his first comments on the outcome of the election, Obama hinted that does not believe in less radical position on the issue of the Palestinian state which subsequently adopted the Israeli leader after the election.
“We took him when he said that would not happen as long as prime minister, and that is why we have to evaluate what other options are available to ensure we do not see a chaotic situation in the region,” Obama said in an interview.
Obama, who congratulated on Thursday telephoned Netanyahu, said have told the Prime Minister that the United States remains committed to a solution that addresses the coexistence of two states as the only way to preserve the security of Israel.
“And I indicated that, given its pre-election statements, it is difficult to find a way in which people believe seriously that negotiations are possible,” said the US president.
Tensions between the Obama and Netanyahu intensified as the Israeli elections of March 17 approached.
The White House was particularly upset that Netanyahu accepted an invitation from the President of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, for he delivered a speech to lawmakers earlier this month. Boehner did not consult with the government before extending the invitation; the White House said was a break with standard protocols.
Netanyahu harshly criticized the agreement negotiated United States, Iran and other powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Obama said the military and security cooperation between the US and Israel continues unchanged regardless of disagreements about certain policies.
“However, we will continue insisting that, in our view, is untenable status quo,” he said. “And, although we fully into account Israel’s security, we cannot simply maintain the status quo in perpetuity, the expansion of settlements. That’s not a recipe for stability in the region.”
Obama also criticized Netanyahu for saying, as the elections approached; the Arab voters went to the polls “in large numbers”.
The Obama spokesman Josh Earnest, previously criticized the speech as a “cynical ploy by election day” and a “fairly transparent to marginalize the vote of the Arab-Israeli effort.”
“We indicate that such rhetoric was contrary to the best traditions of Israel,” said Obama, adding that Israeli democracy is premised on fair and equal treatment for all.