(Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov; Gustavo Amador/EPA/Landov)
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 07:47 AM
By Melanie Batley
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has said that President Barack Obama will not overlook the comments Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made in the closing days of his campaign that he had abandoned support of the two-state solution and approved of settlements in the contested territory in Jerusalem.
“We cannot simply pretend these comments were never made,” McDonough said to a pro-Israeli group, J Street, which opposes some of Netanyahu’s policies, Politico reported.
Netanyahu’s efforts since the election to backtrack on what he meant when he said there would not be an establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch.
“The United States will never stop working for a two-state solution and a lasting peace that Israelis and Palestinians so richly deserve,” he said.
He said of the settlements, “An occupation that has lasted more…
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