Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal

US President Donald Trump has gone against the long held belief by previous administrations about the framework of a two-state peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
By Adam Widmer | Feb 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump has gone against the long held belief by previous administrations about the framework of a two-state peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

During a visit to the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump talked about the ultimate deal for Israel and Palestine.

Reaching a peace deal has evaded many before him and his approach will ditch bipartisan orthodoxy and borrow from some old ideas. Middle East experts say it will not be easier to implement compared to the other proposals.

While declaring support for the Jewish State, Trump abandoned the long held belief that a solution will come from a two state solution.

Trump instead referred to an all Arab backed solution that has been tried in the past but failed. Asked whether he was abandoning a two state peace deal, I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like."He continued, "If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."

Speaking in Cairo, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres stressed Israel and Palestine should not abandon the idea of a two state solution, he said this while with Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Trump's sentiments also drew a response from PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi, who said that if Trump had a proposed solution, he should spell out what the options were.

He pointed out a one state solution would mean equal rights and citizenship for all, as long as it was not an apartheid state.

 

 

 

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