February 15, 2017 at 4:43 am
US President Donald Trump supports the goal of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, even if it does not involve the two-state solution, a senior White House official said on Tuesday.
Speaking a day before Trump holds a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the official said peace was the ultimate goal.
“Whether that comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want, or something else,” the official said, adding that Trump would not try to “dictate” a solution.
Failure by a US president to explicitly back a two-state solution would upend decades of US policy embraced by Republican and Democratic administrations. It has long been the bedrock US position for resolving the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been at the core of international peace efforts.
Any sign of a softening of US support for eventual Palestinian statehood could also anger the Muslim world, including Sunni Arab allies, which the Trump administration needs in the fight against Islamic State and to back efforts against Shi’ite Iran.
Trump considers Middle East peace a “high priority,” the White House official said. The president has given his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the job of negotiating a peace deal.
“We would want to work on it very quickly,” the official said.
Trump’s choice for US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, will not be involved in the president’s discussions with Netanyahu on Wednesday, the official said.
Friedman advocates settlement building and has questioned the two-state solution.
The White House said earlier this month that Israel’s building of new settlements or expansion of existing ones in occupied territories may not be helpful in achieving peace.
The statement was a shift in tone for Trump, who signaled during the campaign that he could be more accommodating toward settlement projects than his predecessor, Barack Obama.
US President Donald Trump will not pursue decades of American policy in favor of the so-called two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an official says.
“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve,” a senior White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity on Tuesday.
The statement came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was about to visit the new US president at the White House on Wednesday.
The official asserted that for the Republican president, “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.”
Trump and Bibi are scheduled to visit at the White House on Wednesday.
The New York billionaire has stepped up the US support for Israel in an unprecedented manner by offering to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem al-Quds.
His split from the two-state solution, backed by Republican and Democratic presidents for around the past 50 years, marks a sharp shift in US policy towards the Middle East.
The administration of former President Barack Obama was often engaged in bitter rows with the Israeli premier, in part, over the issue of Palestine and the two-state solution, whose lack, Obama believed, would endanger the future of Israel.
“That’s going to be up to them, we are not going to dictate what the terms of peace are going to be,” said the official.
Bibi, however, has continued his expansive policies and crackdown of Palestinians both then and now.
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Zionist Miriam Levinger is from the Bronx, New York and is living illegally as a colonial occupier in Al Khalil / Hebron, Palestine, fully supported for decades by the United States government to carry out genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people of the city. Miriam Levinger and her fellow colonial settlers work together with the colonial Israeli army and police to make the lives of the Palestinian families of the city into a living Hell, in an attempt to force them to leave their land.
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