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Trump believes 'two-state solution works best'

Sept. 27, 2018 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 10:13 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The United States President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, on Wednesday, during which Trump endorsed a two-state solution, for the first time, as the best way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump and Netanyahu held a press conference following their meeting, during which Trump was asked if he intends on including a two-state solution in the long-awaited peace plan, to which he responded by saying "I like a two state solution. That's what I think works best," and added that the US stands "with Israel 100%."

He added that most of Israel's citizens prefer a two-state solution, noting that "the bottom line is that if the Israelis and Palestinians want two states I'm okay with that, if they want one state I'm okay with that; I'm the broker."

Trump believes that the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, would help peace efforts by recognizing that Israel identifies Jerusalem as its capital, mentioning that Israel would have to make concessions to the Palestinians in negotiations.

He stressed "Israel got the first chip and it's a big one. By taking off the table the embassy moving to Jerusalem, that was always the primary ingredient as to why deals couldn't get done. Now that's off the table. Now, that will also mean that Israel will have to do something that is good for the other side."

Trump concluded by sharing his "dream" to reveal the peace plan, also known as the "Deal of the Century," in the next two to three months, "It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term. I think a lot of progress has been made. I think that Israel wants to do something and I think that the Palestinians actually want to do something."

Netanyahu repeatedly thanked Trump for his support and emphasized that US-Israeli relations have never been better than under the Trump administration.

However, Trump's remark that he endorses a two-state solution caused a stir among both Israeli and Palestinian politicians.

The Palestinian envoy to the US, Husam Zomlot, slammed Trump'scomments, while Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, asserted his opposition regarding the two-state solution.

Zomlot, whose US visa was revoked following the US decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, said "Trump's statements contradict his actions. His policy is destroying any chance for peace."

Zomlot added that Trump's remarks during his meeting with Netanyahu "are not enough to not bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table."

Meanwhile, Bennett asserted that "The President of the US is a true friend of Israel. It must be emphasized that as long as the Bayit Yehudi Party, a religious Zionist political party, is part of Israel's Government, there will not be a Palestinian state which would be a disaster for Israel."

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