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Jordanian king: 2-state-solution only way to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Feb. 19, 2017 10:28 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2017 10:10 A.M.)
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AMMAN (Ma’an) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan said on Sunday that any move to relaunch serious negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians should be in accordance with the two-state solution, which he called the only way to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Abdullah made his statement during a meeting with Jordanian parliamentary committees, as well as during an encounter with a US congressional delegation, state-run Petra news agency reported.

The Jordanian ruler’s comments come days after US President Donald Trump said that he could “live with either” a one- or two-state solution, in a significant departure from the US’ publicly held position in favor of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Meanwhile, Egyptian lawyers have filed a lawsuit to prevent the establishment of “foreign settlements” in the Sinai Peninsula, following reports that Israel was discussing the option of forcibly resettling Palestinians to the Egyptian territory in lieu of establishing a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian authorities have denied that such plans exist.

While members of the international community have rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, a growing number of Palestinian activists have criticized the two-state solution as unsustainable and unlikely to bring durable peace given the existing political context, proposing instead a binational state with equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
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