For over 50 years, successive US governments, Republican or Democrat, have insisted on dictating a two-state solution but on Tuesday evening, in a sharp break with previous White House administrations, The Trump White House is making an about face with decades of previous administrations insistence for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On Tuesday, on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s visit to the White House, a senior White House official said the United States would no longer insist on the terms of any peace settlement, but would support whatever outcome the Israelis and Palestinians agree to.
“A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the White House official said on condition of anonymity.
“Peace is the goal, whether that comes in the form of a two-state solution if that´s what the parties want, or something else if that´s what the parties want.”, said the White House official.
Obama would often say that t a one state solution would put the future of the Jewish state in question and that further Israeli settlement construction would make a two-state solution impossible.
“That´s going to be up to them” said the official. “We are not going to dictate [to Israel] what the terms of peace are going to be.”
Trump and Netanyahu are expected to discuss peace as well as expanded Israeli settlements, the Iran nuke deal and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said the official.