WASHINGTON — The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state,” President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president.
Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama dismissed the idea that there is a “major rupture” in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month’s decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements.
“Because of our investment in the region, and because we care so deeply about Israel, I think [the U.S.] has a legitimate interest in saying to a friend, ‘This is a problem,’ ” Obama said. “It would have long-term consequences for peace and security in the region, and the United States.”Actually...no. It's Obama's "solution" that would have dire long-term consequences--for a viable Israel.