Obama says Israeli-Palestinian status quo ‘unsustainable’

Even if the Egyptian ceasefire takes effect Tuesday, the current status quo in the region is “unsustainable,” US President Barack Obama tells guests at an official White House Iftar dinner on Monday evening.

Using strong language to condemn rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians, Obama describes the pictures that are seen from both Gaza and Israel as “heart wrenching.”

“The situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, where differences are resolved peacefully and in ways that respect the dignity of all people,” Obama tells attendees, who included elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, leaders of diverse faiths, and members of the diplomatic corps.

–Rebecca Shimoni Stoil