The United States on Sunday hailed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech about the creation of a Palestinian state as "an important step forward."
"The president (Barack Obama) welcomes the important step forward in Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement when he commented Netanyahu's two-state speech.
Reiterating President Obama's commitment to two states, a Jewish state of Israel and an independent Palestine, Gibbs said: "He (Obama) believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel's security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians' legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu's endorsement of that goal."
"The president will continue working with all parties -- Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Arab states, and our Quartet partners --to see that they fulfill their obligations and responsibilities necessary to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a comprehensive regional peace," the White House statement said.
In his announcement of Israel's latest foreign policy on Sunday, Netanyahu presented three conditions for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The three conditions are the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, demilitarization of future Palestinian state and the support of the international community.
"If we receive this guarantee we will be ready to accept a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish one," Netanyahu said in his foreign policy speech at Bar Ilan University, adding that "Jerusalem would remain the unified capital of Israel."
The prime minister also urged the Palestinians to resume Middle East peace talks without preconditions.