US State Department Refuses to Endorse Two-State Solution

Posted August 25, 2017

Hundreds of Palestinians on Thursday have marched against visit of the United States political delegation which is expected to arrive in Ramallah city today to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of the so-called USA efforts to launch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

On the eve of the visit, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he still does not understand what is the USA strategy regarding this effort that is ongoing.

Israel, meanwhile, has increasingly shifted its sights toward a regional deal with certain Arab countries, rather than one focusing exclusively on the Palestinians, an approach Trump has expressed support for.

Kushner said Trump is "very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area".

Joining Kushner are the president's global negotiations envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell. Ahead of the meeting with Abbas, dozens of Palestinians protested in Ramallah against alleged US bias in favor of Israel.

Palestinian officials say they want the resolution of the conflict with Tel Aviv based on the two-state solution along the pre-1967 boundaries.

Despite the administration's interest in restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority is once again talking about pursuing unilateral moves to achieve statehood.

3 2017 shows cattle gathered under a bridge next to sewage-polluted waters on the beach of Gaza City
3 2017 shows cattle gathered under a bridge next to sewage-polluted waters on the beach of Gaza City

The White House delegation was sent by Trump in order to advance the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump has described peace between Israelis and Palestinians as "the ultimate deal" - and added a new wrinkle last February by saying he was not fixed on two states co-existing side by side as a solution to their dispute.

"If the USA team doesn't bring answers to our questions this time, we are going to look into our options because the status quo is not working for our interests", said Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to Abbas. "I think that they are still in the process of learning".

In the USA delegation's talks Wednesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to boosting ties and countering terrorism, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. The presidents will discuss the Temple Mount crisis in Jerusalem as well as the peace settlement in Palestine, the news outlet reported, citing Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

That would in theory leave Israel with the responsibility of governing and providing services to Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank.

He is also facing a graft investigation that limits his room for political manoeuvre, Shapiro noted.

"So I am happy to see you and the effort you're leading on behalf of the [US] President [Donald Trump] with Jason [Greenblatt] and other members of your team", the prime minister said.

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