Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington , DC on Feb. 15, 2017 with an Israeli flag in the background.
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US President Donald Trump is "really anxious to have a peace agreement," said renowned legal scholar Prof. Alan Dershowitz.
In an interview with Army Radio broadcast on Thursday morning, Dershowitz said he drew the information from a conversation with Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on March 18. He added that Trump "believes that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas is anxious to make a deal" as well.
"I pressed the president on that," Dershowitz emphasized. "I said 'Abbas has tried to persuade many Israeli presidents that he is anxious to make a deal. The time has come for him to sit down at the negotiating table and to offer some compromises that will make a deal possible."
When asked in the interview whether or not he thinks Trump is set on a two-state solution, Dershowitz recalled telling Trump that if he wants to make a deal, "it's very important that Israel has confidence that the Trump administration will stand behind Israel ... he shook his head."
Trump on the two state solution for Israel and Palestinians during meet with Trump , Feb. 15, 2017 (credit: REUTERS)
"Clearly he was talking about a two-state solution," Dershowitz pointed out. "He was not in any way suggesting, at least in his conversation with me, a one-state solution."
On February 15, Trump caused a stir when he said he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution, the longstanding bedrock of Washington policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like,” Trump said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I can live with either one.”