Pros and cons of two-state solution

Netanyahu pledges to promote 'responsible policies' at Trump meeting

At a joint news conference between the two leaders from East Room of the White House, Mr. Trump said that he is asking Israel to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

A single state that would be agreeable to both sides isn't the "ultimate deal" of Trump's imaginings; it's the ultimate fantasy. "And I wonder what you say to those among the Jewish community in the States and in Israel and maybe around the world, who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones".

The former USA president was a staunch critic of Jewish settlement activity - strongly advocated by Mr Netanyahu - in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state. But the two-state solution has really only existed in rhetoric for a long time.

But since coming to office Trump has sought to show that the United States is an unwavering ally of Israel, trying to draw a contrast with President Barack Obama.

In the meantime, the debate has become a proxy for that over U.S. support for Israel's settlement building enterprise on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Netanyahu asked. "A state that basically is open for attack against Israel?"

"The two prerequisites for peace are the recognition of a Jewish state and Israel's security needs west of the Jordan [river]".

"The things that he said were very upsetting to hear as a Palestinian", Barakat said.

It has built about 120 settlements in the West Bank.

In Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump since the latter's USA election win, the Iranian threat was firmly on the agenda, and Trump said he had already imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic since he took office.

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

To make it work, Mr Trump would have to play a heavy hand with both sides - possibly threatening to pull U.S. support from Israel if they did not agree, and possibly threatening to pull USA opposition to Israel annexing the West Bank if the Palestinians would not play ball. Whether Trump will hold to them is unclear-he did, after all, back down on "One China" a few weeks later. The continued expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land also makes it increasingly hard to make a two-state scenario work in any meaningful way. This has been the view of the United States and the worldwide community.

"Neither the Palestinian Authority nor Hamas want peace", Staver continued.

In 1995, the US Congress passed a law ordering that the US mission be shifted from Tel Aviv to the Holy City, but every president since has delayed taking a decision on the move. "The US-Israel alliance has always been strong, and it's about to get stronger". "We're looking at it with great care, and we'll see what happens".

Trump considers Middle East peace a "high priority", the White House official said. And they have to acknowledge Israel. "And we'll see what happens", he told reporters.

But with the one-state option now something the Trump administration is considering, it could force Netanyahu to spell out where he stands.



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