'We'll have to accept 2-state solution'

Officials: Adopting road map can stop US pressure; Clinton denies Bush, Israel agreed on settlements.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 6, 2009 03:27
2 minute read.
'We'll have to accept 2-state solution'

Mitchell lieberman 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A day after US President Barack Obama called on Israel and the Palestinians to "redouble efforts" towards a two-state solution, officials in Jerusalem assessed that Israel will eventually have no other option but to accept the establishment of a Palestinian state, Israel Radio reported on Saturday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will have to adopt a two-state solution because Washington will not give up on this issue, the officials reportedly said. Israeli officials told the radio station that if Netanyahu agrees to adopt the road map peace plan, he will prevent Obama's administration from pressuring Israel into accepting the establishment of a Palestinian state in different circumstances. The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the report. Senior diplomats involved in preparing US envoy George Mitchell's upcoming visit to Israel reportedly said that Netanyahu will insist on continued settlement construction to accommodate natural growth. New ways to incorporate the Jewish state's needs into the new US foreign policy will also be examined, the officials said. Mitchell will land in Israel on Tuesday. He is expected to meet with President Shimon Peres and with Netanyahu, as well as with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Late on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that she was unaware of any agreement between her country's previous administration and Israel concerning the expansion of settlements in the West Bank. "With respect to the conditions regarding understandings between the United States and the former Israeli government and the former government of the United States, we have the negotiating record. That is the official record that was turned over to the Obama Administration by the outgoing Bush Administration," Clinton said said at a news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the State Department. "There is no memorialization of any informal and oral agreements. If they did occur, which, of course, people say they did, they did not become part of the official position of the United States Government," she went on, adding, "And there are contrary documents that suggest that they were not to be viewed as in any way contradicting the obligations that Israel undertook pursuant to the Roadmap. And those obligations are very clear." On Thursday, Obama clarified his administration's policy towards the settlements in his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, stating that "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements… it is time for these settlements to stop." Soon after Obama's speech, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post that Washington feels "an arrangement that works" can be hammered out with Israel on the settlement issue. "There's a professional, constructive dialogue on this issue," the official said. "We have differences, but believe we can find an arrangement that works." Editor's note: An earlier version of this article included an inaccurate quotation of Secretary Clinton's comments. The Jerusalem Post apologizes for the error

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN