On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to acknowledge that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had backtracked on his pre-election rhetoric against a two-state solution.
The administration appears to have found a talking point that can help it create further separation between the two countries and have not changed their stance since Netanyahu’s views changed.
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While Netanyahu has expressed support for a two-state solution, so long as Palestine splits with Hamas, the White House has said they will "reassess" its position with Israel.
Jim Acosta questioned Josh Earnest on why the White House has not accepted Netanyahu’s redaction.
"The president has said things that he has reversed over the years," Acosta said.
"Well, as I said before, words matter," Earnest said.
Iran's Ayatollah led thousands to chant "Death to America" just days ago while the countries continue to negotiate a nuclear deal Israel opposes.
"Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?" Acosta asked Earnest.
Earnest said the comments only underscore the need for a deal. When pressed to explain the Ayatollah’s comments, White House officials dismissed it as pandering to a base.