A “strong and secure Jewish state” is central to a lasting peace, zionist US President Barack Obama said in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
“A central element of a lasting peace must be a strong and secure Jewish state where Israel’s security needs are met, alongside a strong Palestinian state,” Obama said at a news conference with Israeli PM Netanyahu.
Netanyahu told reporters that Israel “remains fully committed to peace and the possibility of two states for two people.”
Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a three-day visit that will include brief trips to Ramallah and Bethlehem. He said he would have more to say on the peace process on Thursday, when he is scheduled to meet his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, but said so far “we haven’t seen the progress we’d like to see.”