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U.N. warns Trump on policy shift over two-state theory

Feb 16, 2017, 7:12 AM EST
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent shift on the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prompted a quick and clear response from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who said there can be “no alternative” way out over the issue. The remark follows hours after the Trump administration said it would support any framework that leads to peace between the two sides.

Under the “two-state solution,” the international community and the leaders of Israel and Palestine set the goal to create an independent state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, a proposal that U.S. has backed for a long time, writes The Jerusalem Post.  However on Wednesday, during a joint press conference, neither the U.S. leader not Israeli prime minister explicitly committed to supporting a future independent Palestine.

Israel-U.S. relations went through a rough patch during eight years of the Obama administration but with the power change, an emboldened Israel has recently approved new settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem, the land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state, notes the BBC.