Washington backs away from two-state solution

On the eve of Trump and Netanyahu’s meeting


On the eve of the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House late Tuesday appeared to “back away from the two-state solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

U.S. President Donald Trump supports the goal of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, even if it does not involve the two-state solution, a senior White House official said on Tuesday.

Speaking a day before Trump and Netanyahu’s meeting, the official said peace was the ultimate goal.

“Whether that comes in the form of a two–state solution if that’s what the parties want, or something else,” the official said, adding that Trump would not try to “dictate” a solution.

Analysts say that failure by a U.S. president to explicitly back a two-state solution would upend decades of U.S. policy embraced by Republican and Democratic administrations as it has long been the bedrock U.S. position for resolving the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been at the core of international peace efforts.

(Source / 15.02.2017)


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