US policy unmoored

President Trump’s casual comments signaling a pullback from the two-state solution threaten a one-state outcome.

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March 7, 2017 10:57
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President Donald Trump (R) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news.

President Donald Trump (R) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the White House. . (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

 
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IT WAS another day in “Trump World,” a brief off-the-cuff comment from the man who is now president of the United States that threw an entire region into turmoil trying to figure out what he meant.

At his joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 15, President Donald Trump casually tossed out a comment that seemed to signal that the United States was pulling back its support for a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one,” the president said, adding that he was going to try to get the parties to make a deal that would be bigger and better than anyone could possibly imagine.

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