Cuba Rejects Israeli Threats Over Two-State Solution

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The later survey had 59 percent of Israelis supporting two states, down from 55 percent in the earlier poll. At the Wednesday White House press conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu again tried to make the point that the slogan "two-state solution" absent the points it stands for different things to different people, but global reactions apparently indicate a lack of support for the PM on this point. In a one-state solution, which has traditionally been considered even less feasible than a two-state settlement, Palestinians under Israeli control would be integrated into the Israel as citizens.

The worldwide community generally supports a two-state solution in order to preserve the Palestinian identity and Israel's unique status as a Jewish-majority state.

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.

In Washington, Trump's nominee to become U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said he was skeptical that a two-state solution was feasible but he did not rule it out.

"If the Trump administration rejects this policy it would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility overseas", Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in a statement to Reuters in response to the USA official's remarks.

The UN and the Arab League have since issued a joint statement reiterating their support for the creation of a Palestinian state, exposing a widening rift with Mr Trump's stance. Many prominent hardline politicians in Mr Netanyahu's coalition government are against any form of Palestinian statehood.

"A two-state solution that doesn't bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve", the official said on condition of anonymity.

A senior Palestinian official denounced the White House comment on Wednesday, saying it was irresponsible. "I can live with either one".

Haley's comments come a day after US President Donald Trump appeared to walk back US commitment to the two-state solution. Palestinians seek to establish the independent state within its 1967 borders, on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.

While taking with reporters Thursday, Haley also accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias.

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