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After meeting in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama said: “What the United Nations is not going to be able to do is deliver a Palestinian state. The only way that we’re going to see a Palestinian state is if Israelis and Palestinians agree on a just peace. And so I strongly believe that for the Palestinians to take the United Nations route rather than the path of sitting down and talking with the Israelis is a mistake; that it does not serve the interests of the Palestinian people, it will not achieve their stated goal of achieving a Palestinian state.”

“The Israelis are properly concerned about the agreement that’s been made between Fatah and Hamas….Hamas has not shown any willingness to make the kinds of concessions that Fatah has, and it’s going to be very difficult for us to get a Palestinian partner on the other side of the table that is not observing the basic Quartet principles that both David and I believe in – the need to renounce violence, recognize the State of Israel, abide by previous agreements.”

(White House)