Latest News Wires Did Netanyahu really mean to reject Palestinian statehood?

Just before his reelection, Benjamin Netanyahu said that there would never be a Palestinian state as long as he is prime minister. Now, amid a widening rift with the White House, the Israeli prime minister's allies say that the statement was an observation, not a pledge.

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Benjamin Netanyahu's allies acknowledged on Sunday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed U.S. President Barack Obama's unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding.