Obama: "I Have A Very Business-Like Relationship With Netanyahu"

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: There's a tendency I think in the reporting here to frame this somehow as a personal issue between myself and Prime Minister Netanyahu. And I understand why that's done because when you frame it in those terms, the notion is, well, if we all just get along and everybody cools down, then somehow the problem goes away.

I have a very business-like relationship with the prime minister. I've met him more than any other world leader. I talk to him all the time. He is representing his country's interests the way he thinks he needs to and I'm doing the same. So the issue is not a matter of relations between leaders. The issue is a very clear, substantive challenge.

We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel's security, for Palestinian aspirations and for regional stability. That's our view and that continues to be our view, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach. And so this can't be reduced to a matter of somehow let's all, you know, hold hands and sing kum-ba-yah. This is a matter of figuring out how to we get through a real knotty policy difference that has great consequences for both countries and for the region.

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