In what was obviously presented as a very warm welcome of a long-cherished ally, Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyau met face-to-face for the first time since Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Speaking at a joint news conference, Trump vowed to work toward a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians but said it would require compromise on both sides and it would be up to the parties themselves ultimately to reach an agreement.
Trump echoed Netanyahu’s calls for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state — something they have refused to do — and to halt incitement against Israelis.
In a potentially tectonic policy shift, President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned America’s role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. A senior White House official said on Tuesday that peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood, and Trump would not try to “dictate” a solution. A retreat from U.S. backing for a two-state solution would upend decades of U.S. policy embraced by Republican and Democratic administrations and a principle considered the core of international peace efforts.
I’m looking at two-state and one-state solutions — 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. – Donald Trump
- Meeting Israel’s Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state (reuters.com)
- Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State (nytimes.com)
- Donald Trump greets Benjamin Netanyahu with multiple handshakes and a jolt or two (globalnews.ca)