What Would A Unified Israel-Palestine Look Like?


President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Still, by floating that possibility, Trump undermined US support for the two-state solution and relaxed the pressure on Netanyahu, whose support for the idea has always been halfhearted at best.

And so, I think the two-state solution is something that we're all eager not to give up on, because the alternatives are both so bad.

"First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state".

On Wednesday morning - just hours ahead of the Israeli leader's arrival at the White House - Trump replied, "Looking forward as well Prime Minister @Netanyahu". She claimed: "The "two state solution" was dead a long time ago".

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"President Trump's apparent confusion about the need for a two-state solution undermines Israel's security and the prospects for peace".

After embracing Israel's hard-line nationalist right throughout his presidential campaign, Trump appears to have softened some of his positions on key issues since taking office.

But as the brutal conflict shows no signs of abating, and Israel marks 50 years of occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, polls show that a growing number of both Israelis and Palestinians no longer support the two-state idea as a realistic possibility.

"The Israelis are obviously in favor of the move", said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank.

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.

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"From the ruins of Amona we will build a new settlement", Bennett said. The Palestinians are unlikely to accept a peace agreement that does not give them an independent state.

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

"Trump's refraining from clearly saying that two states is the only way, while endorsing a wider regional approach, is a significant reset of the entire diplomatic process with the Palestinians", he wrote. "We're looking at it very very strongly".

Palestinian officials have expressed confusion over the comments, with Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi telling AFP: "This is not a responsible policy and it does not serve the cause of peace". They have to stop educating their people for Israel's destruction.

He also reiterated his decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem. "And we'll see what happens". The United States must do this because the two parties are incapable of doing it themselves. There's tremendous enthusiasm out there. The issue did not come up during the confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee to head the State Department, Rex Tillerson.

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While both Trump and Netanyahu said they wanted to block Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, it was notable how little they talked about it during the press conference, said Jim Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at The Heritage Foundation.