Obama tells Netanyahu, Abbas to ‘move fast’ toward peace deal

US president calls both leaders to affirm his support for the resumption of final status negotiations

US President Barack Obama speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January 2012. (photo credit: Peter Souza/White House/File)

(Times of Israel)  US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and praised both leaders for their roles in this week’s resumption of peace talks. He also urged them to “move fast” and make “speedy progress” toward a permanent accord, according to a White House source quoted by Army Radio.

In nearly identical press releases from the White House regarding the two phone calls, Obama was said to have commended both Netanyahu and Abbas for their “leadership and courage in resuming final-status negotiations.”