Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump nominee for Israel envoy echoes uncertainty on two-state solution

Trump nominee for Israel envoy echoes uncertainty on two-state solution

But now that Mr Trump is at least flirting with abandoning the idea of two states it is worth asking: What would a one-state solution actually look like?

On Thursday, David Friedman, Trump's designated ambassador to Israel, and Nikki Haley, the USA envoy to the United Nations, both indicated that the White House still backs a two-state solution.

"I'm looking at two-state, one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

The two-state solution remains "the only way" to meet the aspirations of the Palestinians and Israelis, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process told the Security Council on Thursday.

Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States would not insist on a two-state solution to the conflict, in a break from Washington's decades-old policy and from the global consensus on the peace process.

Trump, at a Washington news conference held after Guterres spoke, left the question open, saying he would work to bring about peace between Israel and Palestinians, but it would be up to the parties themselves ultimately to reach an agreement.

Egypt, whose leader Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi eyes promising relations with Trump, also made a similar statement to reiterate its support for the two-state solution.

It also found that just over one-third of Palestinians and a majority of Arab Israelis supported one state as well as a confederation, while 24 percent of Israelis backed one state and 28 percent a confederation.

The Palestinians agree to one state and they are happy with two states; what they disagree to is an apartheid system, where there are two systems in one land: one superior for Israelis and one inferior for the Palestinians.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasralla speaking via video during a ceremony to honor fallen Hezbollah leaders, in Teir Debba, Lebanon, on Thursday.

The Iranians were also watching the proceedings in Washington. "The Zionist regime (Israel) poses the biggest threat to regional and global peace and security by possessing hundreds of nuclear warheads in its arsenal", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

"The accusations against Iran are in contradiction to multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which have confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities", Qasemi said.

He did not actually reject a two-state solution. He recalled the resolution at his news conference with Netanyahu on Wednesday and said that the United Nations treated Israel "very, very unfairly". That's about 25 percent higher than the same period a year ago. He added he no longer supported the annexation of the West Bank.

A Joint Poll, was released by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah with funding from the European Union.

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