Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Palestinian conflict: Two-state solution not only option, U.S. says

Palestinian conflict: Two-state solution not only option, U.S. says

"Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like".

"The Palestinian presidency stressed its commitment to the two-state solution and to the worldwide law and global legitimacy in the way that secures ending the Israeli occupation and establish the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital", the statement said. "I've expressed my skepticism on the basis of Palestinians' inability to renounce terror and accept Israel as a Jewish state".

In a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 13 February, Mr Trump again only took two questions; one from WJLA, a news channel found to have "a strong tilt toward Trump" during the 2016 election, and another from The Daily Caller, a conservative outlet.

There have been signs the USA was giving up on two states too.

Other presidents have tried with varying degrees of success and failure.

So what are the two-state and one-state solutions for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict that has persisted since the founding of the Israeli state in 1948?

Netanyahu said that he wanted to focus on "substance" and not "labels", when asked about his support for a two-state solution.

Also on tap for the meeting will be a discussion of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - long a goal for Netanyahu and many pro-Israel Americans.

"From the ruins of Amona we will build a new settlement", Bennett said. "I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but honestly, if Bibi and if the Palestinians-if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best".

Judea and Samaria is the term far-right Israeli politicians use for the West Bank.

It is the shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent state of Palestine within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel.

"If U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to create alternative realities, then he should spell out what the options are - a one-state solution would require equal rights and citizenship for all, unless he is advocating an apartheid state".

For many Palestinians, the meaning or details of a one-state solution remains unclear.

"Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had - 306 Electoral College votes. But I think we'll find out more about that tomorrow". "Let's see what happens". And they have to acknowledge Israel.

Trump considers Middle East peace a "high priority", the White House official said. What the Israeli perhaps are pushing for is the status quo in a permanent form, so Palestinians having some autonomy in their various villages and areas under Israeli control.

The new U.S. president has also signaled that the United States, under his administration, would be far more tolerant of the illegal Israeli settlement construction. Trump restated that on Wednesday.

Netanyahu said he was looking at "a regional approach involving our newfound Arab partners in pursuit of a broader peace", a suspected reference to Saudi Arabia, which also sees Iran as a threat.

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