Trump says he wants two-state solution for Mideast conflict

Posted September 27, 2018

NEW YORK - Eight hours after announcing his preference for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US President Donald Trump equivocated, returning to his previous position that he will be satisfied "if they do a single, if they do a double", so long as the parties settle the conflict conclusively.

"I like two-state solution", Trump said in his most clear endorsement of the plan as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"We do not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the Security Council meeting, through a translator.

Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all sought to broker a two-state outcome. "I think the two-state solution works best".

Netanyahu has said any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized and must recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people - conditions that Palestinians say show he is not honest about any permanent solution to the conflict.

Mr Trump also waded into thorny Middle East politics, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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'They would like to see me lose an election because they've never been challenged like this.

Trump has been heavily criticized by the Palestinians for a series of moves that they say show distinct bias toward Israel, starting with his recognition past year of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"I don't want to do it in my second term". What difference? Why does that matter so much?' They said, 'It just is impossible. I think everybody should understand that Israel will continue to do what is necessary and defend ourselves against Iranian aggression in Syria, in Lebanon, anywhere else.

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"If the Israelis and Palestinians want one state, that's okay with me", he said. Both sides claim it as a capital. Trump said that his administration's peace plan, in part helmed by his son-in-law senior adviser Jared Kushner, would be released in the coming months.

Bill Clinton oversaw the Oslo peace accords a quarter of a century ago which spelled out the aim of a two-state solution and allowed for the creation of the Palestinian Authority which is meant to rule over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A day after being greeted with laughter by world leaders still uncertain how to manage his "America First" ideology, Mr Trump explicitly backed Israel, noted the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and suggested that he saw progress on the horizon for Middle East peace. It regards all of the city as its eternal and indivisible capital.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the United Nations on Thursday, where his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said he'll deliver "a clear speech to the president that outlines the real features of a final peace". "This is the only way to achieve peace".

Trump said he was in possession of evidence but wasn't ready to make it public.

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