Obama: Israel losing credibility over Netanyahu’s opposition to Palestinian statehood

US President Barack Obama says Israel is losing “credibility” among the international community over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Obama also warned that his administration is reevaluating the long-standing US diplomatic support of Israel at the United Nations over the Palestine issue.

In an interview at the White House with Israel’s Channel Two television broadcast on Tuesday, the US president acknowledged that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians in unlikely in the near future due to Netanyahu’s policies.

“I don’t see the likelihood of a framework agreement,” Obama said, adding that Netanyahu’s position “has so many caveats, so many conditions that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met at any time in the near future.

“So the danger is that Israel as a whole loses credibility. Already, the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution.”

On the eve of his March 17 election to a fourth term, Netanyahu said there would be no Palestinian state if he was reelected as prime minister.

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