Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved

March 19, 2015 8:35 PM

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Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel's ally the United States.

But the White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s post-election effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against the Israeli leader and signaled that Washington may reconsider its long-standing policy of shielding Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.

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