U.S. May Not Make Two States a Precondition for Mideast Peace
(Bloomberg) —The Trump administration will center its Israel-Palestinian policy goals around peace rather than a two-state solution, a senior White House official said Tuesday on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with President Donald Trump.
The official said the U.S. president’s goal is peace and whether that comes in the form of Palestinian statehood is something both sides must agree to. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview Wednesday’s meeting, said that it is Trump’s view that it is not for the U.S. to impose its vision for the terms of a peace deal. The officials also said that a two-state solution that does not bring peace is not worthwhile.
Trump and Netanyahu are to hold a news conference at noon in Washington at the White House. They also will meet privately to discuss a range of topics that are expected to include Iran, Israeli settlement expansion, a possible U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, and steps to address a UN Security Council resolution that condemns Israel for its approach to settlements.