U.S. President Barack Obama discusses Israel, Middle East, ahead of trip


The BBC has an interview with U.S. President Barack Obama today ahead of his upcoming Middle East trip. Obama reaffirms U.S. support for a Palestinian state and says the formation of such a state is also in Israel’s interest.

He also says that he favours “tough, direct diplomacy” with Iran, and called for patience with respect to Israel’s apparent rejection of U.S. pressure to halt Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Obama also did an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) and said he believes the United States must be honest with Israel with respect to the settlement issue. He said, however, that he believes the United States can continue its strong support for Israel while at the same time improving relations with the Muslim world.

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