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UN Ambassador Haley Says US 'Absolutely' Supports 2-State Israel-Palestinian Solution

UN Ambassador Haley Says US 'Absolutely' Supports 2-State Israel-Palestinian Solution

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday against abandoning the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying there was "no alternative".

The two-state solution remains "the only way" to meet the aspirations of the Palestinians and Israelis, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process told the Security Council on Thursday. "What we do we need to have them agree on?"

The two-state solution is the concept of the settlement of the Middle East crisis calling for the creation of two states, Israel and Palestine.

"We absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out-of-the-box as well", Haley told reporters following a Security Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In its first reaction to the outcome of the Trump-Netanyahu meeting, the Palestinian Authority reiterated its commitment to a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant global covenants, the worldwide legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative.

For the better part of half a century successive USA governments, Republican and Democrat, have backed a two-state solution.

"Today, nearly six million Palestinians live under Israeli control in all of historic Palestine, while nearly six million Palestinians live in exile", the former Palestinian peace negotiator said.

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"I also think that Palestinians must acknowledge the existence of Israel statehood".

The remarks signalled a departure from America's decades-old approach to Middle East foreign policy.

The contradictory messages coming out of the new USA administration reflected policy chaos in a week when the national security adviser was forced to resign over his contacts with Russian Federation, and factions inside the White House continue to vie for dominance.

Trump has also nominated as his ambassador to Israel New York lawyer David Friedman, who is a well-known supporter of settlements and opposes a 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.

"We absolutely support a two-state solution", Haley said repeatedly. The U.S. president said to Netanyahu in Washington, "I'd like to see you pull back on settlements for a little bit".

Ambassador Haley also vigorously reaffirmed USA support for Israel, accusing the United Nations of an anti-Israel bias that Washington "will not turn a blind eye to" anymore.


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