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Trump Abandons Commitment To 2-State Solution In Press Conference With Netanyahu

President Donald Trump suggested he was no longer committed to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a joint press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” Trump said when asked whether he would seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that included the creation of a Palestinian state. “And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.”

“I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two,” Trump said. “But honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy ― I’m happy with the one they like the best.”

Trump’s comments could be an indication of a major change in U.S. policy. For almost two decades, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have sought to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

The president’s remarks were not entirely unforeseen, however. On Tuesday, a top White House official told Reuters that the administration would let the Israelis and the Palestinians decide whether a solution to the conflict would take the form of a separate Palestinian state.

Trump also appeared to walk back his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I’d love to see that happen,” Trump said of the move. “We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care.”

This story is developing.

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President Donald Trump suggested he was no longer committed to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a joint press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” Trump said when asked whether he would seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that included the creation of a Palestinian state. “And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.”

“I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two,” Trump said. “But honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy ― I’m happy with the one they like the best.”

Trump’s comments could be an indication of a major change in U.S. policy. For almost two decades, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have sought to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

The president’s remarks were not entirely unforeseen, however. On Tuesday, a top White House official told Reuters that the administration would let the Israelis and the Palestinians decide whether a solution to the conflict would take the form of a separate Palestinian state.

Trump also appeared to walk back his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I’d love to see that happen,” Trump said of the move. “We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care.”

This story is developing.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.