Israeli settlements making 2-state solution impossible, says Obama Jan 11, 2017 0 321 12345 ReutersJERUSALEMUS President Barack Obama, in an interview aired on Israeli television on Tuesday, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu policy backing settlements in occupied territory is making a future Palestinian state impossible."Bibi says that he believes in the two-state solution and yet his actions consistently have shown that if he is getting pressured to approve more settlements he will do so regardless of what he says about the importance of the two-state solution," Obama said, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.Obama, who leaves office on Jan 20, said that in the past few years both he and US Secretary of State John Kerry had"countless times" personally appealed to Netanyahu to stop settlement activity, but that those pleas were ignored."Increasingly what you are seeing is that the facts on the ground are making it almost impossible, at least very difficult, and if this trendline continues ” impossible, to create a contiguous, functioning Palestinian state," Obama told Channel Two's Uvda programme. Israel expects to receive more favourable treatment from Obama's successor, President-elect Donald Trump.Trump has denounced the Obama administration's Israel policy and has vowed to move the US. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, riling the Palestinians. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Single-activity limit for home business acts as 'stumbling block' Jan 11, 2017 0 1025 Violations detected at Shop Qatar festival Jan 11, 2017 0 704 Qatar boasts of 87 public parks Jan 11, 2017 0 488 Aoun's visit marks start of new era in Qatar-Lebanon ties, says envoy QNA BEIRUT/Doha Lebanon President General Michel Aoun will pay an official two-day visit to Qatar beginning on Wednesday. The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and the Lebanese president will discus bilateral .. Blasts in 3 Afghan cities kill 50 AFP Kabul Bombings across three Afghan cities including Kabul killed around 50 people and wounded 100 others Tuesday, in a day of carnage as Taliban insurgents escalate a deadly winter campaign of violence. At least 11 .. Emir chairs SCEAI meeting Doha The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment (SCEAI), chaired the Council's first meeting for 2017 at the Emiri Diwan on Tuesday. The Deputy .. 3-month deadline to make employment contracts electronic DOHA The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) has notified the government, private institutions and companies to turn the expatriate labour contracts, which were concluded .. Qatar, BRF to buy Turkish firm Banvit SAO PAULO Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and Brazilian food processor BRF SA agreed to buy the operations of Turkish poultry producer Banvit in a joint venture, BRF said in a securities filing on Monday. page 17 Expect strong winds on weekend: QMD Doha Many areas in Qatar are likely to experience strong winds ranging between 12 and 22knots inland and reaching 35 knots offshore from Wednesday night until Saturday due to a ridge of Siberian high pressure system, the .. Qatar condemns Kandahar attack Doha Qatar has condemned and denounced the heinous attack on the home of the Governor of Kandahar, which resulted in the injury to the Ambassador of the UAE to Afghanistan and a number of Emirati diplomats. In a statement on ..