Pindostan will not insist on two-state solution, says boxtop
Adam Kelsey, ABC ‘News’, Feb 14 2017
In what would be a major shift from the policy position held by the Obama administration, a White House boxtop said Thursday night that Pindostan will not “impose” a two-state solution in the Middle East. Pres Trump is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu Wednesday at the White House. When asked at an anonymous White House briefing whether peace equaled a two-state solution, the boxtop said:
Maybe, maybe not. It’s something the two sides have to agree to. It’s not for us to impose that vision. I think we’ll find out more about that tomorrow. A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve. Peace is the goal. Whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution, if that’s what the parties want, or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.
The Obama administration emphasized the importance of two states to achieving lasting peace. At the final news conference of his presidency on Jan 18, Obama said:
As the situation currently stands, I don’t see how this issue gets resolved in a way that maintains Israel as both Jewish and a democracy, because if you don’t have two states, then in some form or fashion you are extending an occupation. Functionally, you end up having one state in which millions of people are disenfranchised and operate as second-class residents.
In late December, Pindostan abstained from a UNSC vote calling for the end of the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a move that received criticism from Trump. Samantha Power, then-Ambassador to the UN, warned:
This resolution reflects trends that will permanently destroy the two-state solution if they continue on their current course.
Trump as president-elect in December warned via Twitter that a change would be coming on policy related to the region, specifically referencing the UN vote and saying “things will be different.” Later that week in December, Jackass Kerry made the policy a centerpiece of remarks on Middle East peace, saying:
The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors. It is the only way to ensure a future, freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people and it is an important way of advancing Pindostan’s interests in the region.
The Trump boxtop at Tuesday evening’s briefing insinuated that the policy hinged on a clearer definition of the proposal, saying:
If I ask five people what a two-state solution is, I get eight different answers.
As to whether Trump and Netanyahu would use the term ‘two-state solution’ at their meeting on Wednesday, the boxtop demurred, saying:
We’re looking at the two sides to come together, to make peace together, and we’ll be there to help them.