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July 15, 2014 12:01 am

Obama: Even With Ceasefire Mideast Status Quo is ‘Unsustainable’

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Photo: Screenshot.

Times of Israel – Even if the Egyptian ceasefire were to take effect Tuesday, the current status quo in the region is “unsustainable,” US President Barack Obama told guests at an official White House Iftar dinner on Monday evening. Using strong language to condemn rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians, Obama described the pictures that are seen from both Gaza and Israel as “heart wrenching.”

“The situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, where differences are resolved peacefully and in ways that respect the dignity of all people,” Obama told attendees, who included elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, leaders of diverse faiths, and members of the diplomatic corps.

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