Obama says Israeli settlements making two-state solution impossible
The right-wing Netanyahu has accused the Obama administration of being obsessed with settlements and not recognising what he called "the root of the conflict - Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries."
Netanyahu, for whom settlers are a key constituency, has said his government has been their greatest ally. The Palestinians want the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along with the Gaza Strip - which Israel also captured in 1967 but withdrew from in 2005 - for an independent state.
The last U.S.-brokered peace talks broke down in 2014.
Washington deems settlement activity illegitimate and most countries view it as an obstacle to peace. Israel cites a biblical, historical and political connection to the land - which the Palestinians also claim - as well as security interests.
(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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