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Reporting from Washington -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama at a White House meeting today that he wanted to resume peace negotiations with the Palestinians, but he stopped short of embracing a fully sovereign Palestinian state, as the Obama administration has been pressing him to do.
After his first meeting with the U.S. president, Netanyahu said he wanted Israel to live peacefully with the Palestinians. First, however, the Palestinians must recognize Israel "as a Jewish state" and forgo some common trappings of statehood, he said.
First, however, the Palestinians must recognize Israel "as a Jewish state" and forgo some common trappings of statehood, he said.
During the private session, Obama pressed Netanyahu "strongly" on the need for a separate Palestinian state, a White House aide said, describing the meeting on condition of anonymity.
Obama prodded Israel to ease its restrictions on the movement of construction materials into Gaza, following Israel military offensive over the winter. Israel is barring access to some materials, fearing they could be used by militants.