Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud

Trump and Netanyahu sidestep two-state solution for Mideast peace in their first summit

Trump and Netanyahu sidestep two-state solution for Mideast peace in their first summit

 President Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he is willing to abandon the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, signaling a major shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East.

The two-state solution has been the goal of U.S. efforts to achieve peace in the region for decades, and Trump’s willingness to consider a new policy pleased Israel’s right wing, which strongly supports a single state encompassing disputed Palestinian lands, and sparked widespread criticism among diplomats.

Trump also appeared to catch Netanyahu off-guard when he criticized the Israeli government’s recent sharp expansion of...

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