Trump says ‘two-state solution works best’

Source: Trump says ‘two-state solution works best’

In meeting on sidelines of UN General Assembly between Netanyahu and Trump, US president states publicly for first time that he ‘likes the two-state solution’, says it’s his drream to strike peace deal before end of his first term.

The remarks, which were made during a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, shed light on the possible basis of a long-awaited peace initiative to be launched by the US administration between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I like a two state solution. That’s what I think works best … That’s my feeling,” said Trump.

Trump also said he wanted to unveil a peace plan in the next two to three months.

“It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term,” Trump said.

Concluding his opening statement, Trump said “We are with you. We are with Israel 100%.”

Netanyahu has said that any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized and must recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people.

“I really believe something will happen. They say it’s the toughest of all deals,” Trump said.

He added that Israel will have to do something good for the other side without elaborating.

Trump gave his endorsement of the two-state solution moments after Netanyahu praised the American-Israeli alliance as never being stronger “under your leadership.”

President Trump and PM Netanyahu (Photo: Reuters)

President Trump and PM Netanyahu (Photo: Reuters)

“I want to thank you for the extraordinary support that you have shown for Israel in this building in the UN. No one has backed Israel like you do and we appreciate it,” Netanyahu told the president in his opening remarks.

“This it the first that time we after the American Embassy has been moved to Jerusalem,” he added. “You’ve changed history and you’ve touched our hearts.”

Trump’s statement also comes in stark contrast to the response given to whether he supports the two-state solution during a meeting between the two leader in Washington in February 2017 during which he avoided explicitly backing the idea.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said at the time.

Doubts have mounted over whether Trump’s administration can secure what he has called the “ultimate deal” since December, when the US president recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then moved the US Embassy there.

“It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term,” Trump said of an agreement on the conflict.

Jerusalem is one of the major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides claim it as a capital. Trump’s move outraged the Palestinians, who have since boycotted Washington’s peace efforts, led by Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 

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