Obama Calls For A Better Approach In Gaza Strip

"President Barack Obama described the increasingly tense environment in the Mideast as “unsustainable” and called on Wednesday for a “better approach” in blockaded Gaza, one that would satisfy the security and other needs of both Israel and the Palestinians. Welcoming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for talks, Obama also predicted “real progress” in coming months in US efforts to nudge the Israelis and Palestinians toward direct peace talks. The two leaders also discussed specific projects to help improve the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, the status of the peace process and the latest developments in the region. Obama also discussed a “long-term strategy for progress that we will advance through consultations” with the Palestinians, Israelis, Egyptians and other partners, a White House official said. Obama called on both the Israelis and Palestinians to “ensure that neither side takes provocative steps that could stand in the way of progress,”