Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu
Joe Biden and Benjamin NetanyahuHaim Zach (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Joe Biden in a Friday phone conversation that he is not ruling out the creation of a Palestinian state, CNN reported Saturday morning.

Netanyahu also told the US President that his statements at a press conference held earlier this week "were not meant to foreclose that outcome in any form," a person familiar with the conversation told CNN.

At the end of the conversation, Biden said, "there are a number of types of two-state solutions."

He added, "There’s a number of countries that are members of the UN that … don’t have their own military; a number of states that have limitations, and so I think there’s ways in which this can work."

CNN noted that Biden also told reporters on Friday that, given the right solution, he believed Netanyahu would agree to a two-state solution.

Speaking to reporters, Biden said, "I’ll let you know when I get him to agree."

In a rare statement made on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, Netanyahu's office said, "In his conversation with President Biden, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his policy that after Hamas is destroyed Israel must retain security control over Gaza to ensure that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel, a requirement that contradicts the demand for Palestinian sovereignty."