White House abandons two-state solution in Israel-Palestine conflict

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, warned that abandoning the notion of a two-state solution would lead to regional instability but said he would continue to work with Trump in hopes of reaching a viable peace settlement.

Trump defended his former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yet, Trump asking the Israeli leader to curtail settlement activity is perhaps an attempt by the Americans to keep the two-state solution alive. I thought Bibi was going to break into song at one point.

Trump's meeting with Netanyahu on Wednesday was aninitial test of Trump's campaign pledge to go further than President Obama in strengthening the relationship with Israel.

"We're not going to dictate what the terms of peace will be", the official said.

A White House spokesman said Tuesday that Flynn had not done anything illegal, but Trump had lost trust in him. "And it's actually a much bigger deal - much more important deal, in a sense".

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Many like Bennett feel it is time to end any ambiguity about the future of the territory. "It's something the two sides have to agree to".

"Peace is the goal, whether that comes in the form of a two-state solution if that's what the parties want, or something else if that's what the parties want".

"Maybe, maybe not", said the official in a briefing at the White House.

For Palestinians, who seek a state in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip, even the notion of a U.S. retreat from the internationally backed goal of a future Palestine existing alongside Israel was alarming. "They have to stop calling for Israel's destruction", Netanyahu said. The president said a negotiated peace, supported by Arab partners, would depend on shared commitments.

A veteran Israeli negotiator once quipped to me that someone or something could just be dead - or dead and buried. "We'll see what happens, OK?" Usually, these sorts of press conferences take place after a meeting, so the two heads of state can say what they talked about.

During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump regularly voiced pro-Israeli sentiments, including a promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "Jews are not foreign colonialists in Judea", the prime minister said. But Netanyahu at least knows that those interests won't persuade the Sunni states to nudge the Palestinians into the kind of concessions that would be needed for the state-minus that the prime minister envisions for them.

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In a statement, Puzder said he made the decision to withdraw after careful consideration and discussions with his family. Acosta has served in three presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed positions over the course of his career.

While neither leader may have originally had settlements on his mind, the Israeli right wing has put the issue on the agenda. "I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly". They share a belief that Iran will cheat and pursue a nuclear weapon despite Tehran's agreement to abide by global restrictions imposed under terms reached by six Western nations and Iran in the summer of 2015.

"I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing - I mean ever - a nuclear weapon", the president said.

The challenge for Netanyahu is how to separate the Russians and the Iranians. But he offered no specifics. Trump did all that, and Netanyahu beamed. Second, on the few occasions when these peace talks have borne fruit, they do so only because the United States-usually the president himself-has pushed both sides to a common position. But major questions remain about how Trump will achieve that goal.

Israel has approved thousands of new homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements since Mr Trump took office last month.

Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump's pick for labor secretary, withdrew his nomination on February 15. On Wednesday, a Tennessee restaurant worker prepared to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Puzder's company, CKE Restaurants, and its Hardees franchise.

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