May 13, 2015 / 12:17 AM / 3 years ago

Obama sees 'difficult path' on Israel-Palestinian conflict: Arabic newspaper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he has not given up hope for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict but said tensions in the region and “serious questions about overall commitment” have made progress difficult.

Palestinian women look out of their house, that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, as they watch a film on the war in the east of Gaza City May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“It’s no secret that we now have a very difficult path forward. As a result, the United States is taking a hard look at our approach to the conflict,” Obama said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper based in London.

“We look to the new Israeli government and the Palestinians to demonstrate - through policies and actions - a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” Obama said.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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