President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the United States wants to see an end to the conflict between Israel and Palestine, adding that he will endorse the solution that is agreeable to both the parties.
Asked what he thought about the two-state solution while addressing a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said. "The United States will encourage a peace, and really a great peace deal. We'll be working on it very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement," the President added.
Technically, there is no change or backing away from the two-state solution.
But the New York Times was quick to declare, ‘Trump backs away from Palestinian State’ without mentioning even once how exactly he did that. This means that despite knowing the truth, the paper swamped in its hatred for the present administration and deliberately lied to its readers.
Trump clearly stated that he wants a solution that the both parties like. If Palestinians want to settle for one state and if Israel is comfortable with millions of Palestinians living in the country then it is none of NYT’s business or America’s. (It is a different matter that neither the Palestinians not the Israelis will agree to this.)
In fact, Trump told Netanyahu to hold back on the construction of new settlements in West Bank until there is a peace deal in place. He called for a solution that benefits both parties. He said that Israel will have to show they really want to make a deal. “As with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises,” Trump said. In a message to the Palestinians, Trump said, "You can talk about flexibility there, too," saying they "have to get rid of some of the hate that they're taught from a very young age."
Signaling his intent to find an amicable solution to the conflict, he said that Arab countries would be invited to help with negotiations to "make it easier" to achieve a peace deal. Trump added, "I also believe that we're going to have other players at a very high level and I think it might make it easier on Palestinians and others."
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