Video published on Sep 26, 2018 by the ABC News YouTube channel – “I like two-state solution,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s question about whether his administration’s forthcoming peace plan would include such a scenario.
[Editor’s Note: Also see today’s articles focusing on this important issue:
- PM: Trump accepts Palestinian state would remain under Israeli security control – TimesofIsrael.com, Raphael Ahren
- Trump Vows to Release Mideast Peace Plan Within 4 Months – NYTimes.com, Mark Landler
- Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting – WhiteHouse.gov, US Foreign Policy
- Israel’s Netanyahu, Egypt’s Sisi meet on sidelines of UN conference – i24news.tv, i24NEWS]
Trump backtracks: I prefer 2 states, 1 state is OK too, as long as there’s deal
‘It takes two groups of people to be happy,’ he tells reporters in New York, promises peace deal being crafted by Jared Kushner will be very ‘fair’ and says it could come soon.
By Eric Cortellessa and Agencies Today, 2:28 am
WASHINGTON — Hours after US President Donald Trump declared his unequivocal support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday, he backtracked during a frenzied news conference on the sidelines of UN General Assembly, saying that the actual solution was less important to him, so long as there was a peace deal in the end.
“Bottom line: If the Israelis and Palestinians want one state, that’s okay with me,” he said. “If they want two states, that’s okay with me. I’m happy, if they’re happy.”
“I’m a facilitator. I want to see if I can get a deal done so that people don’t get killed anymore,” the US president said.
Trump said that reaching a two-state solution is “more difficult because it’s a real estate deal” but that ultimately it “works better because you have people governing themselves.”
He also promised that the long-awaited peace plan that was being crafted by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who has been working on the Middle East portfolio, would be “very fair.”
“He loves Israel but he’s also going to be very fair with the Palestinians,” Trump said during the 84-minute long press conference.
He said the plan could be released soon, even though the Palestinians are currently boycotting the Americans over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, moving the US embassy there, and the administration’s cuts to aid to Ramallah.
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