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Theresa May criticises Obama administration's Israeli stance

Prime Minister Theresa May has distanced herself from US President Barack Obama's stance on Israel and condemned the attack by his secretary of state on the Israeli government.

Downing Street said it was "not appropriate" for John Kerry to brand Benjamin Netanyahu's administration as the "most right wing in history", which saw him accused of bias by the Israeli prime minister.

Kerry made the claim while accusing Netanyahu's government of undermining attempts at a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians by building settlements in the West Bank.

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Kerry: 'Two state solution only answer for Israel and Palestinians'

John Kerry said the two-state solution was the only option Credit: Pool

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said a two-state solution is the "only way" to achieve lasting peace between Israel and Palestinians.

Delivering a farewell speech in Washington, Kerry maintained that President Obama had been "deeply committed" to Israel and its security.

Kerry added that commitment had "guided" Obama's pursuit of peace in the Middle East.

"The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Kerry said.

"It is the only way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state - living in peace and security with its neighbours."

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