Obama Says Palestinians Deserve Independent State
PHOTO: President Barack Obama waves to media as he walks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, as he arrives at the Muqata Presidential Compound Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

President Barack Obama says Palestinians deserve an independent and sovereign state and an end to occupation by Israel.

Obama spoke at a news conference in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He says Palestinians should not have to confront the daily indignities that come with occupation.

Obama says the U.S. wants a viable and contiguous Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state of Israel.

He says the only way to achieve that is through negotiations.

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