WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that recent turmoil in the Middle East had made it "more vital than ever" that Israelis and Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Obama made the comments as he met Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House at the start of a week of intense Middle East diplomacy, which also includes a visit to Washington by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The president said he and the king agreed "despite the many changes, or maybe because of the many changes that have been taking place in the region, it's more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table." Talks, which have been frozen since late last year because of a row over settlements, should "begin negotiating a process whereby they can create two states living side by side in peace and security," Obama said.