Obama: Tough Choices Nearing in Mideast Talks

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says tough decisions will have to be made as the deadline nears for completing a framework for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama is speaking in a meeting in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He says it's still possible to create two states - one for Israelis and one for Palestinians.

But Obama says it's difficult and requires compromises on all sides. He's commending Netanyahu for engaging in "tough negotiations" with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu says Israel is doing its part to pursue peace, but the Palestinians haven't. Netanyahu says he regrets that.

Netanyahu says the greatest challenge is Iran's nuclear program. He says he'll do, in his words, "whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state."