TWO-STATE SO­LU­TION ‘only way,’ say U.N., Arab League.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - JOSEF FEDERMAN In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was contributed by Mag­gie Michael, Edith M. Led­erer and Mag­gie Michael of The As­so­ci­ated Press.

JERUSALEM — The United Na­tions and the Arab League on Thurs­day is­sued a joint state­ment in sup­port of the es­tab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state, a day after Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said it’s up to Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans to agree on the form of a fi­nal set­tle­ment.

The state­ment came a day after Trump and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, who was vis­it­ing the U.S., re­fused to en­dorse the twostate so­lu­tion as the pre­ferred out­come of peace talks, aban­don­ing what has been the cor­ner­stone of U.S.-led peace ef­forts for two decades.

After a meet­ing in Cairo, U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res and Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said they agreed that the twostate so­lu­tion is “the only way to achieve com­pre­hen­sive and just set­tle­ment to the Pales­tinian cause.”

The state­ment put them at odds with Trump, who said at a White House meet­ing with Ne­tanyahu that Mideast peace does not nec­es­sar­ily have to in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state. Trump said he could ac­cept a two-state so­lu­tion or a sin­gle-state ar­range­ment if it is agreed upon by all sides. Ne­tanyahu also was cool to the idea of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state, say­ing he did not want to deal with “la­bels.”

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­peared to backpedal Thurs­day, with U.S. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley say­ing the United States ab­so­lutely sup­ports a two-state so­lu­tion to the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict and that any­one who thinks it doesn’t is in “er­ror.”

“We are think­ing out of the box as well, which is: What does it take to bring these two sides to the ta­ble? What do we need to have them agree on?” she said. Ha­ley also said the so­lu­tion to the con­flict has to come from the Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans, but she said sev­eral times and stressed: “We ab­so­lutely sup­port a two-state so­lu­tion.” Ha­ley, when asked whether the United States would carry out its obli­ga­tions un­der the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that called for the es­tab­lish­ment of two states, said, “Un­der­stand that the United States sup­ports the two-state res­o­lu­tion. That’s never been wa­vered.”

“What we’re say­ing is, OK, let’s not just talk about the old way of do­ing things,” she said. “Come to the ta­ble with all the fresh at­mos­phere and per­spec­tives that we now have, and think, OK, what can we do know­ing all of the fac­tors, know­ing where we sit present-day, and how can we move for­ward.” Guter­res had stressed ear­lier Wed­nes­day that there is no “Plan B” to a two-state so­lu­tion. Ha­ley was asked if the United States had a “Plan B.”

“I think, first of all, a twostate so­lu­tion is what we sup­port,” she said. “Any­body who wants to say the United States doesn’t sup­port a two-state so­lu­tion — that would be an er­ror.”

Trump also urged Ne­tanyahu dur­ing their joint news con­fer­ence at the White House on Wed­nes­day to “hold off” on Jewish set­tle­ment con­struc­tion in ter­ri­tory the Pales­tini­ans claim for their fu­ture state, to try to fa­cil­i­tate talks.

“What the pres­i­dent has said and we agree on is that ex­pand­ing set­tle­ments at this point is not help­ful,” Ha­ley said. “That’s ba­si­cally what we’re say­ing to both sides. Let’s take a pause.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.