Watch: US-Israel Press Conference at White House
The Fellowship | February 15, 2017
Earlier today, Israel and America’s leaders met for a press conference at the White House – before their first meeting of Donald Trump’s administration. Watch the full event above – one in which The Times of Israel reports that Trump vowed that the U.S. would pursue “a great peace deal”:
US President Donald Trump bucked America’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Thursday, standing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House.
“I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.
“The United States will encourage a peace, and really a great peace deal,” said Trump, and added that the matter was “important to me personally.”
While Netanyahu did not explicitly renounce his own commitment to a two-state solution, arguing that his position “hasn’t changed” since his seminal 2009 speech on the matter, he also avoided explicitly mentioning Palestinian statehood.
During the press conference, which was rife with mutual praise, Trump also vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, calling the 2015 deal between the Iranian regime and world powers one of the “worst” he’d ever seen…