Wednesday, February 15, 2017

U.S. President Trump And Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet In Washington

Bloomberg: Trump Drops Two-State Solution as Keystone of Mideast Peace

* Israelis should ‘hold back on settlements,’ president says
* Palestinians must ‘get rid of some of that hate,’ Trump says

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would be open to a Mideast peace agreement that doesn’t include separate states for Israel and the Palestinians, abandoning a U.S. position that has underpinned more than a decade of failed negotiations between the two sides.

“I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said of the path to peace during a joint news conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two states looked like the easier of the two. If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I like the one they like the best.”

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WNU Editor: By walking away from the two-state solution the Trump administration is telegraphing to the world that the U.S. under President Trump is pulling back from long-held foreign policy positions .... starting with the Palestinian - Israeli conflict.

More News On Today's U.S. President Trump And Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meeting In Washington

Trump drops US commitment to 'two-state' Mideast deal -- AFP
Meeting Israel's Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state -- Reuters
Trump urges Israeli premier to 'hold off' on settlements -- AP
Trump charts new Mideast course; maybe no separate Palestine -- Washington Post/AP
Trump, Netanyahu Project Unity, But Back Away from Two-State Solution -- VOA
Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb -- AFP
Palestinians caution Trump against abandoning two-state concept -- Reuters

Update: I would love to have been a fly in that room .... CIA chief met Palestinian leader Abbas ahead of Netanyahu visit: report (The Hill).

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