Prior to the March 17 Israeli elections, Netanyahu had said he would oppose the creation of a Palestinian state if reelected.
Following Netanyahu’s reelection, the Prime Minister said he did not oppose the creation of a Palestinian state, but a series of conditions must be satisfied before such a state could be created.
Responding to Netanyahu’s misspeak, Obama said that in public diplomacy you cannot “pretend that there’s a possibility of something that’s not there,” and on “something that everybody knows is not going to happen at least in the next several years.”
“The conditions were such that they would be impossible to meet anytime soon,” Obama said.
Obama stressed that the United States is still committed to achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will continue intelligence and military cooperation with Israel.