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When US president Donald Trump and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference on February 15, they made news. Repeating his prerequisites for peace - an end to Palestinian incitement, Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and guarantees of Israeli security control in the Jordan River Valley - he said, "If anyone believes that I as prime minister would blindly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state that wants the destruction of my country, they are sadly mistaken". Second, on the few occasions when these peace talks have borne fruit, they do so only because the United States-usually the president himself-has pushed both sides to a common position.

A "two-state solution" to the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is the declared goal of their leaders and the global community.

In a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 13 February, Mr Trump again only took two questions; one from WJLA, a news channel found to have "a strong tilt toward Trump" during the 2016 election, and another from The Daily Caller, a conservative outlet.

For the better part of half a century successive USA governments, Republican and Democrat, have backed a two-state solution.

Other presidents have tried with varying degrees of success and failure. "It is an global consensus and decision after decades of Israel's rejection of the one-state democratic formula". Turning toward Netanyahu, Trump then said, "You know that, right?"

Israel cites biblical, historical and political connections to the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and where some 2.6 million Palestinians live.

"From the ruins of Amona we will build a new settlement", Bennett said.

"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.

This would reassure Israel's internationally isolated right-wing government but trigger fury among the Palestinians, still hoping to make east Jerusalem the capital of a future state.

"I'm looking at two states and one state". 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. "But.my primary concern is Israel's security (and) strengthening our solid alliance with the United States". "We're looking at it very very strongly. That includes working toward a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians".

A senior White House official told reporters Tuesday that the new president is eager to begin facilitating a peace deal between the two sides.

That, Netanyahu said, "requires responsible policies, policies that are given careful consideration - and that's how I intend to act". Trump went on: "So let's see what we do!"

Keinon also applauded Trump for moving away from the idea that a two-state solution is the only solution. When they do not recognize Israel's right to exist and pledge in their constitutions to wipe out Israel and the Jewish people, a mere parcel of land here or there will not bring peace. "I can say that", Trump told the newspaper Israel Hayom.


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