Netanyahu: I will examine the American peace plan with an 'open mind'

In an interview with CNN the Prime Minister said that he will consider the two state solution suggested by the Trump administration and that the U.S. and Israel have "a strong and brave friendship."

By MAARIV ONLINE
September 29, 2018 14:07
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting with US President Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to state whether he supports a two-state solution during his CNN interview on Friday, instead stating that he prefers to focus on the content rather than the label.

"I discovered that if you use labels you don't get far, since different people mean different things when they say 'states'. I would rather talk about content than labels," said Netanyahu.

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He clarified that "Israeli forces must control security" and that without such measures, "Islamic terrorists will taker over that place: ISIS, Hamas, Iran or all of them combined".

The interview followed the recent statement made by US President Donald Trump that he "likes a two-state solution."


The Trump administration claims to be working on a peace plan that Trump used to describe as "the deal of the century" with the aim of resolving the century-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

Netanyahu stated that he will read such a plan "with an open mind" and stated that he is aware of the "strong and brave friendship" Israel enjoys with the US. 

 

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