'Everything must be done' to preserve Mideast two-state solution: United Nations chief
Feb 17 2017 by Desiree Burns
"So the persistent rejection of Israel state by Palestinians must change".
"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", Trump said at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Almost identical numbers of Jewish Israelis (58 percent) and Palestinians (57 percent) said they supported a broader regional peace involving the Arab world and Israel.
More than a two-state solution, the US supports "peace and stability", US Ambassador Nikki Haley explained.
The survey released Wednesday found that 44 percent of Palestinians back the two-state solution, a decline from 51 percent who supported this approach in a similar survey from June.
The US President told reporters after a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu that his administration was no longer wedded to the creation of a Palestinian state. "The continuation of Israeli control of the western border of the state of Palestine, as well as the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, are considered a continuation of Netanyahu's attempt to impose facts on the ground and destroy the two-state option and replace it with the principle of a one state with two systems (apartheid)", a statement by the Palestinian Authority seen by Arab News said.
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In Washington, Trump's nominee to become USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said he was skeptical that a two-state solution was feasible but he did not rule it out.
Describing her first council meeting on the Middle East as "a bit unusual", she said there was no mention of rockets fired by Hezbollah or the threat from Iran, but that discussions had focused on "criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East".
During the council meeting, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, insisted that the two-state solution remains the only way to meet the aspirations of the Palestinians and Israelis.
She added that the U.S. would not back resolutions condemning Israel, like the one passed in December that called for the end of settlement building.
55 per cent of Israelis and 44 per cent of Palestinians now support a two-state arrangement, but just 24 per cent of Israelis and one-third of Palestinians prefer a single binational state, the poll jointly conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research found. "I am here to emphasise that the United States is determined to stand up to the UN's anti-Israel bias".