Trump’s envoy meets Netanyahu in Israel, to meet Abbas

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Publish Date: 12:56 - 14 March 2017
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A high-ranking US official has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A high-ranking US official has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories.

Trump has also said in controversial remarks that he considered Jerusalem al-Quds as the future capital of an Israeli "state.” This is while Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state. They want Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of that state.

The US president has also vowed to fulfill a campaign pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

On the so-called two state solution, too, Trump has struck an opaque tone, saying he could live with either a one-state or a two-state eventuality.

"Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with either one,” the US president said during a joint press conference with Netanyahu in Washington on February 15.

His remarks were, however, a departure from Washington’s previous stance of firmly supporting a two-state solution under previous administrations.
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