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Barack Obama tells Israel it ‘cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land’


Barack Obama has told Israel it cannot permanently occupy and settle on Palestinian land in a speech to the United Nations.

The US president said both sides would benefit if Israel recognised it cannot permanently occupy the land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognised Israel’s legitimacy.

“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel,” he said on Tuesday.

“But Israel must recognise that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”

He added: “We all have to do better as leaders in tamping down, rather than encouraging, a notion of identity that leads us to diminish others.”

Following his speech, the president will raise concerns about Israeli settlement activity in Arab lands during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that the United States has discussed


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