May 13, 2015 / 12:17 AM / 2 years ago

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

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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.Mohammed Salem TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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.

"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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