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Obama urges return to Israel-Palestinian peace talks

Barack Obama has called on Israelis and Palestinians to return to peace talks, as he made his first visit to Israel and the West Bank as US president.

In a speech before Israeli students in Jerusalem, Mr Obama said a sovereign Palestinian state was the "only path for true security" in Israel.

Palestinians had "a right to be a free people in their own land", he said.

Earlier in Ramallah, he urged Palestinians to drop their demand for a freeze in Israeli settlement building.

Jeremy Bowen reports from Jerusalem.

  • 21 Mar 2013
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