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Obama Calls On Israel, Palestinians To Make 'Wrenching Compromises'

May 25, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Israelis and Palestinians to make serious concessions to relaunch the stalled Middle East peace process.

Obama, speaking in London at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on May 25, said the two sides must make "wrenching compromises."

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has rejected a call made by Obama in a major speech last week for new peace talks based on Israel's borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Obama also said a possible Palestinian campaign for statehood recognition at the United Nations would be a "mistake."

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has criticized a speech by Netanyahu to the U.S. Congress and said the Palestinians would seek UN recognition if peace talks don't resume by September.

Netanyahu in his address said he was willing to make "painful compromises" for peace but offered no incentives to break the deadlock in peace talks.

compiled from agency reports



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