Growing Israeli settlements weakening two-state solution: Obama

President Barack Obama speaks at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., at a town hall meeting about health care reform on Aug. 11, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Speaking at his final press conference as US President, Barack Obama has said the prospect for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was weakening due to growing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Obama defended his administration’s stance on not blocking a recent UN resolution on Israeli settlement activity, saying, “The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the … growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible.”

Obama said there was no alternative to a two-state solution and that if Palestinians did not have a state, “they wind up as second-class non-citizens.”