Trump backs Middle East peace, even if not tied to two-state solution

 Reuters International

FEB 15, 2017 
People walk past a giant banner on a building congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in Jerusalem, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump supports the goal of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, even if it does not involve the two-state solution, a senior White House official said on Tuesday.

Speaking a day before Trump holds a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the official said peace was the ultimate goal.

“Whether that comes in the form of a two–state solution if that’s what the parties want, or something else,” the official said, adding that Trump would not try to “dictate” a solution.

Failure by a U.S. president to explicitly back a two-state solution would upend decades of U.S. policy embraced by Republican and Democratic administrations. It has long been the bedrock U.S. position for resolving the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been at the core of international peace efforts.


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