“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.
“That’s what I think, that’s what I think works best,” he added. “I don’t even have to speak to anybody.”
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018 in New York.
Trump, who was at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gestured to Netanyahu, saying, “Now, you may have a different feeling, I don’t think so. But I think two-state solution works best.”
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Trump’s backing of a two-state solution — one state for Israelis and another for Palestinians — is the most explicit support his administration has given for the idea.
Don Emmert/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump speaks during the United Nations Security Council briefing on counter-proliferation at the United Nations in New York on the second day of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018.
Trump had previously suggested he was open to different scenarios — including a one-state solution — depending on what Israelis and Palestinians agreed to. Support for a two-state solution to the conflict had been U.S. policy when Trump took office.
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He has tasked his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner with working with parties in the Middle East to formulate a peace plan.
Trump said he would like to release that plan “over the next two to three to four months, something like that.”
Carlos Barria/ReutersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 26, 2018.
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