Meeting Israel PM, Netanyahu – Trump Backs off from Promise to Palestine State

Published On:February 16, 2017, 12:00 pm

Meeting Israel PM, NetanyahuThe United States President Donald Trump has dismissed the US policy that has been around for decades insisting on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Trump has given a word to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a news conference that he would render “great” peace deal, however said that both sides must compromise.

Since 2014. The Palestinians and Israelis have had no peace talks.

While at the conference, Trump also asked Netanyahu to “hold back” on settlement building for “a little bit”.

Since the time Trump took over the office last month, Israel has given approval to thousands of novel homes in East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

Issue at the embassy

The government of Israel is wishing for improved relations with the White House post eight years of bitterness with the former Obama administration.

On Wednesday at a press conference, none of the leader’s committed denotatively to support a future independent Palestine, a prolonged bedrock of US policy.

What does the two-state solution mean?

A “two-state solution” to the decades old fight amongst the Palestinians and Israelis is the stated goal of their respective leaders and the international community.

It is the symbolic form for a closing settlement which would witness the creation of an independent state of Palestine inside the pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel.

The Arab League, The UN, the European Union, Russia and up till now, the US constantly restate their commitment to this concept.

Mr Trump said, “So I'm looking at two states and one state, And I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like.

"I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two states looked like it may be the easier of the two.

"To be honest, if Bibi [Mr Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy - I'm happy with the one they like the best."

He also said that eventually it will be up to the two parties themselves to reach a final peace agreement.

Trump questioned about his election promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a move that might have grave implications for any peace negotiations.

Trump said, "As far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem, I'd love to see that happen, and we're looking at it very, very strongly. We're looking at it with a great care, a great care, believe me. And we'll see what happens."

When asked regarding the two-state solution, Netanyahu mentioned that he wanted to concentrate on “substance” and not “labels”.

The Israeli PM said, “There are two prerequisites for peace," also, "First the Palestinians must recognise the Jewish state.

"Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River."

In the meantime the presidency of Palestinian emphasized its commitment to a two-state solution and an end to the Israeli occupation. Previously the officials had wanted the White House not to let go of the concept of a Palestine state.

The Palestine presidency stated that it was ready to “deal positively” along with the administration under Trump and consorted with Trump’s call for Israel to hold off on building the settlement.

The leaders from Israel and the United States did their first face-to-face meeting ever since Trump won the 2016 presidential elections.

The withdrawal from the United States supporting the two-state solution will overturn decades of American – and international – policy comprehended by Republican and Democratic administrations.

A senior White House official on Tuesday officially indicated a probable shift of policy by saying peace does not inevitably have to involve Palestinian statehood and that Trump will not be dictating any solution.

It has been stated that almost more than 600,000 Jews live in nearly 140 settlements that has been built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the East Jerusalem and West Bank.

These settlements are illegal under the international law, even though Israel altercates this.

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