Trump 'happy' with one or two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

"The only solution for peace in the Middle East between the Palestinians and Israelis is two states living side-by-side in peace - a Palestinian state and a Jewish state", the Maryland lawmaker said. The common thinking is that a Republican in Washington would find more common ground with the Likud leader in Israel.

People protest in front of the White House against Israel's policies after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Donald Trump.

Most serious of all, Trump's indifference to a one-state or two-state solution demonstrated a shocking lack of understanding of what a one state solution would entail - not least for Israel as a Jewish democratic state.

The comments, which were seen as a break from support for the two-state solution, sparked condemnation from the Palestinians.

A senior White House official says President Donald Trump is eager to begin facilitating a peace deal and hoping to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together sometime soon.

Trump's choice for United States ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, will not be involved in the president's discussions with Netanyahu on Wednesday, the official said.

The "one-state solution" refers to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the creation of a unitary, federal Israeli-Palestinian state, which would cover Israel, the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and possibly the Gaza Strip.

"Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River", he said.

"Finally, the unsafe and erroneous notion of establishing a Palestinian terror state at the heart of Israel has been debunked. They don't need a third".

"It will be up to the parties", he said.

"It is a very important meeting".

Trump: Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honoured by the victory that we had: 306 electoral college votes.

According to recent polls, support for the two-state solution is falling among Palestinians and Israelis.

The two-state solution has been a central aim of American foreign policy in the region for decades, and was embraced by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.

"Now the ball is in ... Netanyahu's court", wrote Shlomo Pyoterkovsy in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. "He is going to have to chart a course and set out on it". Question now is what kind of one state: "apartheid or equality".

JTA asked White House spokesmen to react to Netanyahu's contention that the administration now understood the centrality of Jews to the meaning of the Holocaust. Netanyahu said Israeli settlements were an issue but did not prevent peace from occurring.

Trump told Fox News last month it was "too early" to discuss the embassy change, while Sean Spicer told the media to "stay tuned" for an official announcement.

They seemed, at times, to be on the verge of holding hands. "Now we can finally build". Whether Trump will hold to them is unclear-he did, after all, back down on "One China" a few weeks later. "What that will mean in practical terms regarding the peace process, settlements, and an embassy move isn't clear".

"There is no better friend" than Trump "to Israel and the Jewish people", Netanyahu said. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. "I, again, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for being with us today".


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