UN ambassador says US wants two-state solution, despite Trump statement

UN ambassador says US wants two-state solution, despite Trump statement
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Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations (UN), on Thursday said that the United States “absolutely” supports a two-solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Associated Press.

“We absolutely support a two-state solution,” Haley said during Thursday remarks at the UN.

Haley’s comments appear to be a break with President Trump, who said at a Wednesday press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that he’s open to supporting either a one-state or two-state solution.

"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?" 

"I’m looking at two-state, one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. … I can live with either one," Trump said on Wednesday.

"I thought for a while the two-state [solution] looked to be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best."

Trump also asked Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit” during Wednesday’s press conference, a reference to the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

While talking to reporters at the UN on Thursday, Haley backed up Trump’s comments on settlements, arguing they aren’t helpful to the situation.

Under a two-state solution, long a goal of U.S. policy, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would eventually govern themselves in a separate state. In a one-state solution, which has traditionally been considered even less feasible than a two-state settlement, Palestinians under Israeli control would be integrated into the Israel as citizens.