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Obama: Two-state solution only answer for Mideast

CAIRO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the Israelis and Palestinians must find a way to live side by side, peacefully as two independent states, arguing that this solution ultimately is the only way to end bloodshed and violence.

Obama recognized the long U.S. alliance with Israel in a speech Thursday at Cairo University, calling the bond "unbreakable." But he also said "the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable."

He said America will support any efforts by any parties that recognize the legitimate aspirations of both the Israelis and the Palestinians. Obama said the "United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." And he called on Palestinians, particularly the Hamas faction, to "abandon violence" and recognize Israel's right to exist.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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