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Moonwalk politics for Donald Trump: He now supports a "two-state solution"


By Anna Donati - October 01, 2018
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Tags: [Trump] [US foreign policy] [Two State Solution] [Peace Process]

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 26, Donald Trump has turned his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he is in favor of a "two-state solution." 

The US President has distanced himself from supporting this solution since the beginning of his term.
 
"I like the two-state solution, I think that's what works best, it's my feeling,” Trump told press at the beginning of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
The shock reversal of his previous stance prompted the journalist who was interviewing the President to repeat her question.
 
“You have heard me no ... Ok, so that's good, you've asked enough questions. That's not true?,” Trump replied to laughter in the room.
 
Trump stated he was “100% convinced that the Palestinians - who have cut off contact with the US administration since it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the end of 2017” will come back to the negotiation table.
 
Donald Trump promised to present a peace plan for the region "within two, three or four months".
 
“I really think something is going to happen, it's my dream to get there before the end of my first term,” he said, referring to January 2021.
 
However, he did not say whether this two-state solution will be proposed in the peace plan being prepared for many months in secrecy, by a small team led by his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.
 
The announcement of this American proposal, supposed to lead to the "ultimate agreement" between Israelis and Palestinians according to the formula of Donald Trump, has been postponed several times.
 
These remarks radically contrast the line assumed by the American leader since his election.
 
Unlike his predecessors, Donald Trump had never been in clear favour of the two-state solution.
 
Though, during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House in February 2017, the American president hinted at his indifference.
 
“I thought for a long time that the two-state solution seemed to be the simplest for both, but honestly, if [the Israeli President] and the Palestinians are happy about that, I'm happy with the solution they prefer" said Donald Trump.
 
Netanyahu has always been unfavourable to this way out of crisis.
 
After this declaration, Donald Trump multiplied his decisions against the Palestinians.
 
He went on to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as the capital of Israel.
 
The US Administration further removed the funds allocated to Palestinian refugees and closed the offices of the Palestinian mission in Washington.
 
These announcements caused the United States to lose its role of mediator in this conflict.
 
They also fuelled the Palestinian authorities mistrust of Donald Trump's real ambitions.
 
After the statement of Trump on Wednesday, the head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, Hossam Zomlot, rejected the words of the president.
 
“Their words are against their actions, and their actions clearly destroy any possibility of a two-state solution,” Zomlot told AFP.

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