Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Macron makes Time 100 as France revolts

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey's rush to the polls: Erdogan calls snap election to cement his power

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France's Macron likens divisions within EU to 'civil war'

Read more

ENCORE!

Sting and Shaggy on making musical magic together

Read more

FOCUS

The citizens finding solutions to Lebanon's chronic waste crisis

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Head of UN entity probing war crimes in Syria speaks to FRANCE 24

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

The future of work: How the gig economy is changing the jobs market

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

'France has underinvested in early childhood education for many years'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Badass': Accolades pour in for Southwest pilot who landed plane after engine failure

Read more

Middle east

Obama sees 'enormous hurdles' in peace talks, but risk worth taking

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-10

US President Barack Obama said Friday he saw "enormous hurdles" ahead of peace talks between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but affirmed US commitment and said the risk was worth taking.

REUTERS - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he saw "enormous hurdles" ahead in Middle East peace negotiations, but said it was a risk worth taking and the United States would remain engaged even if talks break down.
 
"There are enormous hurdles between now and our endpoint," Obama said at a news conference.
 
Obama said the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who are due to meet again in Egypt on Sept. 14-15, represented a chance to realize the goal of an independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace with a secure Israel.
 
"The two parties need each other. That doesn't mean it's going to work. Ultimately it's going to be up to them," Obama said.
 
"I remain hopeful but this is going to be tough," Obama said. "It's a risk worth taking because the alternative is a status quo that is unsustainable. And so if these talks break down, we're going to keep on trying."
 
Obama said he had told Netanyahu that it made sense to extend a moratorium on settlement construction for as long as Middle East talks are constructive.
 
Obama said a successful peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians could "change the strategic landscape in the Middle East" and help U.S. efforts to pressure Iran over its
nuclear program.
 
"This is something in our interests. We're not just doing this to feel good. We're doing it because it will help secure America as well."

Date created : 2010-09-10

  • MIDEAST CONFLICT

    Israelis and Palestinians set out timetable for peace talks

    Read more

  • MIDEAST CONFLICT

    Scepticism reigns at relaunch of Middle East peace talks

    Read more

  • ISRAEL

    Netanyahu spells out conditions for peace deal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)