Netanyahu Faces Pressure to OK Palestinian State

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Capitol Hill Tuesday, where he will likely to face questions about his resistance to a Palestinian state.

On Monday, he met with President Barack Obama for more than two hours.

The two leaders focused on Mideast peace talks, Iran' s nuclear program and the U.S. - Israeli relationship. The meeting between the two leaders went longer than expected. The Iranian issue dominated their talks.

The Israeli prime minister was pleased to hear of Obama's timeline for diplomatic progress.

"By the end of the year, I think we should have some census as to whether these discussions are starting to yield some benefits," Obama said.


But there were differences when it came to achieving peace between the Israelis and the Palestianians. Obama has called for a two-state solution.

"I believe it is in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but also the Israelis and the United States and the international community to achieve a two state solution," Obama explained.

"I think the terminology will take care of itself if we have the substantive understanding," Netanyahu told reporters. "The Palestinians will have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. It will have to also enable Israel to have the means to defend itself."

Expansion of Settlements 

There was also disagreement over the expansion of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, the biblical heartland of Israel.

"Settlements have to be stopped in order for us to move forward," Obama said. "That's a difficult issue I recognize that, but an important one it has to be addressed."

Netanyahu is also expected push for aid to Israel when he visits Congress Tuesday.

Click the player to watch the report from CBN News Reporter Charlene Israel followed by analysis from CBN News Terror Analyst Erick Stakelbeck. 

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Charlene Aaron

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