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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.
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.
“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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