Committing to a two-state solution displays bias, claims U.S. official

Javier Howell
August 25, 2017

Pressed on whether he would uphold the US' longstanding commitment to two states for two peoples, Trump declined back in February: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said, standing beside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"We confirm that this delegation is working for peace, and we are working with him to arrive soon at what President Trump called a peace deal", said Abbas.

Kushner, Trump's chief Middle East adviser and his son-in-law, met Netanyahu in Tel Aviv earlier Thursday before travelling to Ramallah later in the day to meet with Abbas.

This is particularly interesting in light of the recent statements by the Palestinian Authority ahead of the U.S. delegation's visit to the region, demanding the USA clarify and confirm its endorsement of the two-state solution.

Number one, they want to know whether the Trump administration wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel, the solution previous administrations have championed for years.

Netanyahu, who has known Kushner since he was a teenager, received the US delegation in Jerusalem.

-Israeli regional goals hold little indication that the Trump administration is prepared to support the call from a majority of Palestinians that their state, peace and security be officially recognized by the USA government.

Speaking alongside Kushner before the start of their meeting at IDF Headquarters in the Kirya military headquarters compound in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said he believed peace was "within our reach".

DAN SHAPIRO: I hope they'll take a third attack, which would be to focus on taking steps that manage the conflict and keep the two-state solution alive for when better leadership circumstances emerge in the future.

High up on his agenda is the possibility of resuming talks between the Israelis and Palestinians on the peace process.

A couple dozen Palestinians protested the visit on Thursday in Ramallah, burning the Israeli flag and pictures of Trump. "And that will make any possible concessions to the Palestinians very hard, unless the administration can produce meaningful public Arab outreach toward Israel".

"It is also a slap in the face to the global community providing aid to the occupied Palestinian population in a bid to ensure safe places of learning for children".

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert made this point during a press briefing at the White House, while insisting that US President Donald Trump has made a peace agreement a top priority. But he has since given few details of his vision for peace, managing to frustrate both sides. "That's why we will ask them whether they have answers about the basic issues". A month later, he was involved in telephone diplomacy to stem Palestinian and Jordanian unrest over Israel's handling of a contested Jerusalem holy site.

'I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States, ' Abbas told a delegation from the left-wing Meretz party, Haaretz reported.

Other reports by Insurance News

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