Trump pledges ‘great’ Mideast peace deal


US President Donald Trump has said he will work very hard to deliver “really a great peace deal” between Israel and the Palestinians.

After his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump told his visitor both sides would have to make compromises.

He also asked Mr Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit”.

Mr Trump said it would ultimately be up to the parties themselves to reach a peace agreement.

At Wednesday’s joint press conference, Mr Trump was asked about his commitment to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, a longstanding bedrock of US policy.

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What is the two-state solution?

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

It is the shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent state of Palestine within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel.

The UN, the Arab League, the European Union, Russia and, until now, the US routinely restate their commitment to the concept.

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“So I’m looking at two states and one state,” said Mr Trump. “And 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. I thought for a while that two states looked like it may be the easier of the two.


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  1. Interesting. The two big shots (wanted to use another word, but decided against it) made some interesting points. Netanyahu went on and on that the Palestinians do not want to recognize the Jewish State. The comment of the BBC was that the Palestinians do not want to recognize Israel. These are two different things. The Palestinians have already and would/will agree to recognize Israel as a Democratic State. To recognize a ‘Jewish’ State means to recognize a Jewish Apartheid State where Palestinians / Arabs would be second class citizens. May be dear Donald will learn this one day, if he is willing to listen (or read The Muslim Times). Another interesting hint was that they want to come up with a ‘great’ deal involving ‘many states’. This could mean (I am just guessing here) to pressurize Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan to push the Palestinian into a deal using the ‘Iranian threat’ as an excuse. – My point is different. Israel has Atomic Weapons and unlimited $$$$ from the US tax payers (or $ printing press, whatever) – the Palestinians have children as stone throwers. Consequently Israel could IMPOSE a peace deal. If it was JUST why should the Palestinians refuse? The problem is that Israel has no intention to offer a JUST deal. With Just I mean a deal making Palestinians and Jews equal citizen in a democratic Israel/Palestine one state. (Just my personal opinion please).

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