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.
â€œIâ€™m looking at two-state and one-state,â€ Trump said when asked whether he would seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that included the creation of a Palestinian state. â€œAnd I like the one that both parties like. Iâ€™m very happy with the one that both parties like.â€
â€œI can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two,â€ Trump said. â€œBut honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy â€• Iâ€™m happy with the one they like the best.â€
Trumpâ€™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 presidentâ€™s remarks were not entirely unforeseen, however. On Tuesday, a top White House officialÂ told ReutersÂ 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.
â€œIâ€™d love to see that happen,â€ Trump said of the move. â€œWeâ€™re looking at it very strongly. Weâ€™re looking at it with great care.â€
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